"The treatment my wife received"

About: Pilgrim Hospital / Accident and emergency Pilgrim Hospital / Gynaecology

(as a relative),

In October 2015 me and my wife received the good news that we are expecting our 3rd child together unfortunately our happiness soon descended into sadness as my wife was taken into pilgrim a+e in October with bleeding and tummy pains. After hours of waiting we were finally sent to gyny were we were told that they weren't sure what had happened and we were to come back on the Friday and have blood tests done to see if her hgc levels (pregnancy hormones) had risen which they had so we came back on the Monday for a scan when again our world was shattered as they couldn't see anything to suggest she was still pregnant she was sent for more bloods and told to go home and they would ring with the results the results were her levels had risen even more so was told to come back Wednesday for more bloods, but unfortunately she ended back up on gyny Monday afternoon with pain and bleeding again. she was admitted and kept nill by mouth they suspected an ectopic pregnancy. After much confusion we were eventually told on Tuesday night she would be going to theatre Wednesday morning to have explorative surgery and they told us that either way the pregnancy was not viable and she would lose the baby, whether it be naturally or via termination.

Obviously our world collapsed and we were distraught until she had routine pre opp bloods done on Wednesday morning where they check for literally everything again and to our surprise her hgc levels had risen again so thanks to the brilliant nurses nagging at the doctor, the doctor agreed to have another scan done just to be safe and to our surprise there has been change since the previous scan on Monday the yoke sack had started to form which indicates the pregnancy is viable and change is happening.

So the moral of our story is never ever doubt a women's intuition and never doubt pilgrims maternity nurses because if it were not for them my wife would have gone to theatre and put her and our unborn baby at unnecessary risk.

They were so caring and passionate towards us when we thought we had lost our baby there are certainly two nurses we feel went above and beyond the call of duty for my wife and I strongly believe that other department nurses could learn a thing or two.

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Response from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Lincsboy,

Thank you very much for taking the time to praise the nurses on the Gynaecology ward after what must have been an incredibly upsetting time for you. It was lovely to read how kind and caring they were towards you and your wife.

I was sorry to read that the early stages of the pregnancy were so challenging and can only apologise that the plans of care kept changing. It is often difficult in early pregnancy to diagnose problems when scans and blood results don’t match.

However, I’m so please things are now progressing well and I hope things will continue to go smoothly for you both.

Elizabeth Grooby

Matron Maternity and Gynae Services

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Update posted by lincsboy (a relative)

Dear Elizabeth

Thank you for ur reply and kind words, the fact u are pleased things are going well is nice to hear.

As you are the Matron of gyny and the maternity ward I would like to take this time to say how I believe that gyny and the maternity ward are by far the best 2 wards in pilgrim hospital and I take my hat off to u all the job you guys do you all deserve medals.

The 2 nurses I was referring to are a lady called Emma wicks and the other is Cynthia Wilson. I strongly believe that Cynthia went above and beyond the call of duty she took the time to sit and explain things to my wife and me and also took the time to calm her when feelings were running high along side Emma too. if there was anything u could do for me I would ask that you put Cynthia and Emma forward for the staff awards and to praise the hard work they clearly do.

All of the nurses were very supporting and passionate but Cynthia and Emma were the 2 that stuck out by far.

Response from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Lincsboy,

Thank you again for responding so positively. I have ensured that both Emma and Cynthia have seen your posts. All the staff work very hard and it is always lovely to receive such praise.

Many thanks,


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Response from Sue Bennion, Head of Midwifery/Nursing for Women’s & Childrens, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Lincsboy,

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how positive you found our services and our staff, it is always so rewarding for our staff to receive such positive feedback from our patients and their families.


Sue Bennion,

Head of Mdiwfery & Nursing for Women's & Childrens


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