"11 years on 11 steps back"

About: Birmingham Women's Hospital / Gynaecology City Hospital / Gynaecology

(as a relative),

My wife suffered a miscarriage 11 years ago. It came on all of a sudden in the middle of the night. After heavy bleeding most of the night she was admitted to City Hospital Birmingham. There she was treated with the up most consideration. She had a D and C operation the same morning and by the afternoon she was well on the road to recovery at home.

Eleven years on my wife has just suffered another miscarriage. This time at the very first sign of a problem we were referred to the new state of the art Queen Elizabeth women’s hospital in Birmingham, where after a scan we dealt the devastating blow that our child had not developed in the last 4 weeks and that although it was dead, the surgeon would not operate for a week just to be certain. Despite our distress we could see the logic in this. However, 4 days later my wife started to bleed heavily and suffered severe contraction like stomach pains. I phoned the hospital and was told to get her down there as a matter of urgency.

Upon arriving, she feels that she was given a very rough internal examination in front of student doctors and was told she would need a D and C operation ASAP. After nil by mouth for 28 hours we were told nobody was available to perform the operation until 7am four days later. We arrived at 7am 4 days later to be told we had not been booked in and it was unlikely to happen until the following day. We left the hospital. It is now a further 4 days later my wife is at home bleeding heavily and in a great deal of discomfort, but feels that unwilling to ever go near that hospital again. 11 years on 11 steps back

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