"Horrendous experience, unbelievable! Stay away!"
About: Hillingdon Hospital Hillingdon Hospital Uxbridge UB8 3NN
Posted by Casey22
I was taken into A&E via ambulance while suffering the most incredibly painful abdominal pain i had ever experienced. I was treated fantastically by the paramedic staff- who were sympathetic, gave me gas-andair and treated me with dignity and respect. This all changed upon arrival at killingdon A&e!! I recently had a IUD fitted, was bleeding heavily and in agony that came on suddenly whilst I was at work with no previous problems until last weekend. I was told to expect some bleeding afterward but that was four months ago, and not to the extent I was experiencing along with the heavy bleeding that was flooding pads and tampons so i was extremely worried, and distressed that It had caused damaged to my uterus / effected my fertility for the future. I was given a room on the A&E, and asked to give a urine sample to see if it was a UTI. I tried to explain to the nurse that I was experiencing incredible pain (I have had UTI's before, an this was not what I was experiencing) However, just to rule it out I gave the sample and it came back with a faint indication of UTI, something that people with IUD'S often show, as advised by Marie stopes. Eventually, a very blank and unsympathetic nurse came and interviewed me very matter of factly- asking about what I had been experiencing lately with my IUD. I explained how much pain I was in, had no other symptoms other than stabbing pain and bleeding and desperately needed them to remove the IUD. She smirked at me, when i told her that I had had a termination before I had the IUD fitted almost four months ago and they made me feel like I was wasting her time by being there. She shoved codiene in my hands and told me to take painkillers whilst she came back to with a decision. (Bare in mind, I was still in incredible pain and had just sat through a series of questions from this awful nurse who made me feel like I was being interrogated rather than cared for) i was given no physical examination of any sort, not even a scan to check the IUD. Eventually she came back to me and said that they could not remove the IUD and that I had to go to a doctor and get it removed somewhere else. (what a joke- they have gyno wards are you telling me not one person could have done this for me?) They sent me off with only a prescription for Tramadol which i had to pay for myself. I had to wait a further three days of absolute agony to see a doctor who would remove the IUD. Marie stopes was not funded to remove them for free, only fit them so I had to attend a further away surgery and beg for an emergency appointment. When the doctor removed the IUD she discovered that the IUD was infact too low, becoming embedded in my uterus lining, causing significant pain, bleeding and could actually effect my long term fertility in the future. She advised me to contact a complaints office to file against this shocking excuse for a hospital. Furious.