"Lack of counselling for infertility following surgery"

About: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France / Gynaecology

(as a relative),

Two 15 minute appointments for test results and surgery scheduling - although helpfully discussed potential for saving ovarian tissue (now facing removal of second ovary (in mid-20s), no real discussion or offer of option or contact for counselling or support prior to surgery regarding emotional impact, particularly after experiencing issues following loss of first ovary when in teens.

Difficult to understand as this is a huge issue and even although a patient can feel OK at time of appointment, direction to appropriate support services should be given as definitely needed later.

I can't find information on website as to whether this is offered through gynae clinic or who to contact.

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Response from Maimie Thompson, Head of Public Relations and Engagement, Chief Executive's Office, NHS Highland

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Dear Welimac

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

I appreciate that this is a huge issue and a lot to consider. We definitely need to think what options there are to ensure there is appropriate support and advice. I am sure my colleagues from Royal Infirmary will be responding to you directly.

I have contacted colleagues in Highland to find out what is available by way of support or follow up. If you want to get in touch with me directly please do so and we will see what lessons we can learn from a Highland perspective.

You can contact me on maimie.thompson@nhs.net or 01463 704722.



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