"hull royal - why can't you answer basic questions re care?"
About: Hull Royal Infirmary Hull Royal Infirmary Hull HU3 2JZ
Posted by harley (as ),
I have today been for blood tests to check for hypothyroidism. I was sent a letter, with no information on it regarding the tests I was supposed to be consenting to. I am a 33 year old professional lady, with family members working for the NHS. I am slightly more clued up as a result, and questioned the tests I was agreeing to. The midwife assistant (who had her identity badge in her pocket and not on display and didn’t introduce herself or her colleague) taking the samples was clearly not used to being questioned and didn’t seem to have a clue what she was taking the blood samples for or why. I was totally disgusted at the patronising, condescending way in which I was spoken to by the midwife who eventually came to see me. She was clearly reluctant to give me proper information and this ended up being more a battle of wills. I have a right to question when information is not presented to me, but I have found that throughout my pregnancy you are just expected to consent to everything - which I don’t, and do as you’re told and not to question. I was told that I should have asked the consultant last time I saw him -I have never seen him, as I only need these test due to another family members problems. I had to explain this 3 times. I feel that perhaps hull royal should remember we are all human beings and not numbers. We do not all trust complete strangers, who seem to be only following protocol, and seem not to have your best interests at heart.