"Not pleased with CBT referral, after recurrent miscarriage"

About: NHS Fife

(as the patient),

Following multiple miscarriages I wasn't coping and went to my gp for help. I was offered anti-depressants which I refused as I knew I needed bereavement counselling. All my gp could offer was a referral for CBT with a clinical psychologist at Ladybank clinic. I went more out of politeness than anything.

In the opening statement the clinical psychologist said, so you've come to me because you can't get pregnant. What do you think I can do for you? I proceeded to tell the psychologist how I was feeling. The psychologist asked if I had considered adoption or asking someone to be a surrogate for me. I couldn't believe the lack of empathy and politely said that I was on a waiting list for counselling as I was consumed by grief and that I didn't think cbt would help with this.

I went on to have bereavement counselling with a local charity, which turned my life around. I think it's awful that despite spelling out what I felt I needed I was sent down this pathway as it's the closest thing the GP could offer. I feel the approach of the Clinical Psychologist was appalling.

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Response from Gillian Ogden, Clinical Nurse Manager, Planned Care, NHS Fife

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Dear gerry67

Thank you for taking the time to share your story on Patient Opinion, which I know can not have been easy for you.

We would be grateful for the opportunity to look into your concerns and to allow the staff member to reflect on their practice and to learn from your experience. If you can, please call me in the Patient Relations Department on 01592 648153.

Thank you once again for sharing your story

Kind regards

Gill Ogden

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