"4 different opinions and still no resolution."

About: Leicester Royal Infirmary

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Sadly, I experienced a miscarriage on 1st July 2013. At the time, the nurse conducting the ultrasound and internal scan asked if we would like to see the baby, because, in her words, “it sometimes helps to see”. At the time, I was so distraught by the news, that I turned down the offer to see my baby. I have recently been back to the hospital and asked for a copy of my scan. They keep giving me my scan dated 11th August, which was when everything had passed merely stating “there’s nothing to see.”. The staff are refusing to give me my baby scan and I am deeply upset by this, as it would truly help me to move forward. About 6 weeks ago, I started to experience a lot of pelvic pain in my left side and so I went to the walk in clinic at the royal. Here, the doctor treated me for suspected Salpingitis. A week later, there was no improvement, so I went to my GP who advised it was likely to be PMT or a pulled muscle. Later that week I went to see another GP and they took some swabs and told me my cervix was inflamed and bleeding and they would send me for an emergency ultrasound. So far, they seemed to be the only doctor who genuinely cared about my wellbeing. They were extremely supportive when I cried, because they asked how I was feeling. I’ve never known a doctor at my surgery to show any empathy and it was greatly appreciated. A week later, I received my scan date in the post for yesterday, 23rd September. I went for my scan and was scanned externally as well as internally. On the internal examination the nurse pushed the instrument to the side it was hurting me and then pushed again and asked if it was hurting “there”, as if she had located the source of my pain. She then went on to tell me everything was fine. She recommended I go back to my GP to be referred to a bowel specialist. I am so distraught by my experience and am wasting time going back and forth to my doctors, when clearly the issue seems to be with my reproductive system, unless a bowel issue could cause inflammation and bleeding from my cervix, which as far as I come to understand is near impossible. I feel completely let down by the NHS staff and I feel like I am being lied to. I want a copy of my scan from the 1st July (not the 11th, which they fobbed me off with). I caught a glimpse of the baby on screen when I was in there, but I didn't want to look at the time, despite the sonographer offering to show me. Now I want a copy and I'm being lied to, being told there is nothing to see. I know there isn't on the 11th July, because it was all gone. I want the 1st July scan. :-( In addition, it is extremely concerning for me, that they are not consistent with their diagnosis and I am worried that whatever is causing my pain will become beyond repair. I beg of you to please help me retain a copy of my scan picture from the 1st July to give me some closure and also to assist me in getting an explanation for the 4 diagnosis and how they can vary so much.

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Response from Leicester Royal Infirmary

Dear reviewer, We are deeply saddened to read about your mischarriage and would like the opportunity to of course help you with locating the scan and further explainnig your ongoing health issues. In order to do so, we will need to know your name, DOB, address so if you would like us to follow this up, please email communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk. We will pass your details onto the matron for gynaecology and ask her to contact you. Kind regards Communications Team Leicester's Hospitals

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