"Endometriosis Care and Treatment"

About: Monklands District General Hospital / Gynaecology

(as the patient),

I had a mirena coil fitted 4 years ago to help with my endometriosis symptoms. It never worked, so I finally convinced my consultant to remove it this year. However, the wires had been cut so short they could not removed it in clinic, even after 4 painful tries with the forceps.

I was therefore booked for a hysteroscopy at Monklands District Hospital. I was told to carry on my pill to ensure I did not take a period so that I had no blood in my uterus so the surgeon could get a clear view. I followed the pre-operative instructions to the letter. The surgeon told me (while I was still confused from the anesthetic) that the coil was removed successfully, a biopsy was taken and they had had a good look round my womb and everything looked normal.

I called the hospital 4 weeks later as I still had a bloody discharge and was told that it was most likely a post-operative infection and to go to my GP.

I went to my doctor who preformed blood tests which showed no infection. My GP also read me the letter sent from the hospital. Imagine my confusion and horror when the statement said they couldn't see anything in my uterus because it was full of blood. This is directly in contrast to what the surgeon told me. So either the surgeons assumed I was an idiot who couldn't follow simple pre-op instructions (don't have a period), my uterus is filling with blood for another reason (my endo medication is not working? ) or they have nicked something inside me and not bothered to tell me. It is now over a month since my surgery and I am still bleeding.

This is the third complaint I have made about this hospitals treatment of me in my 4 years since being diagnosed with endometriosis. I am furious and my GP is doing all they can, but their resources are limited.

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Response from Ruth Thompson, Chief of Nursing Services, Monklands Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear Estelio

Thank you for taking the time to post your experiences of care at Monklands Hospital, which has resulted in your anger, frustration and anxiety regarding your ongoing symptoms.

From your posting we have failed to communicate clearly with you and for this I am very sorry. Can you contact Melanie Mclean, Patient Affairs Manager on 01236 713065. Hopefully we will be able to obtain the necessary information for you or arrange a meeting with the clinical team, if you would prefer.

Kind regards


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