"Tameside Hospital Miscarriage"

About: Tameside General Hospital / Gynaecology

(as the patient),

I went to A&E due to slight bleeding (9 week 4 days pregnant) last Thursday and all they did really was take my blood to check hormone levels. They made me an appointment for a scan at the EPU for the Monday. I believed everything would be ok, I still felt pregnant, the bleeding had stopped over the weekend and I felt positive about my bloods coming back fine.

On the Monday morning I arrived at the EPU for a scan and was shocked to hear the the babys heart was not beating (especially because I had a scan at 6 weeks and 3 days and there was a strong heart beat) my baby had died inside me. Doreen Travis the nurse at the EPU was amazing, she was really empathic she knew the right thing to say and I felt like I had someone on my side she is a credit to the hospital. You can tell when someone enjoys their job and they are also really good at it, she is definitely the best member of staff I have ever come across in the medical profession. Thank you Doreen.

On the negative side, it was an ordeal waiting 4 days to be told the baby's heart had stopped, why can't the A&E staff do a scan there and then? Surely this would make sense rather than giving false hope with blood tests.

The second negative was being bumped whilst waiting for a D&C. This prolonged my mental agony, I wanted to move on and grieve yet I waited from 11 AM until 4:40 PM just to get a bed and then didn't even get to have the operation until the following evening. I fully understand that emergencies arise but surely these should be kept separate to day cases, its seems the cuts are having such a negative effect on the hospital although you can't fault the staff, They do not deserve the cuts, they work hard.

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Response from Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust

Thank you so much for e-mailing your kind words. Please accept my sincere condolences at this tragic time. I do apologise for the wait you had to endure but scan slots are very few and far between due to a national shortage of sonographers.

I will ensure that all staff on the EPAU who were involved in your care and in particular Doreen Travis get a copy of your letter.

All the staff at Tameside endeavour to give the very best service to women and their families they possibly can at all times, and it is a pleasure to receive welcomed comments such as yours. It is all too often that Tameside Hospital is put into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Many thanks (again) for your lovely words and may I take this opportunity to wish you well for the future.

Yours sincerely

Lesley Tones

Head of Midwifery and Women’s Services

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