"Lost my baby before, pregnant again"

About: Homerton University Hospital / Maternity St Thomas' Hospital / Maternity care

(as the patient),

In early 2008 I discovered I was pregnant.

I told everyone in St Thomas that because I had had procedures done in Africa that might have jeopardised my cervix, this should be checked for any problems as my pregnancy progressed. I mentioned this several times to every nurse, doctor or support worker I came in contact with but they just ignored me right to the time my cervix opened and my baby fell through at almost 19 weeks.

It was a very traumatising experience and I shudder each time I remember it. I have lost faith in the NHS system

I wrote a complaint letter shortly afterwards but the response I got was so carefully written that you could tell they were trying to cover their backs and not accept responsibility for not listening to me. I was too emotionally distraught to carry on with receiving justice. I just let it go.

4 years on, I am now pregnant again and have just spoken to my GP who has made a referral to Homerton Hospital. I am hoping that I get in touch with a consultant as soon as possible.

If there is any negligence on the system's part this time around, I will make sure I kick up so much dust and not let the NHS succeed in messing people up. I am prepared to fight legally if I don't receive the proper care I pay so much in taxes for.

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