"Intimidating and impersonal"

About: Royal Sussex County Hospital

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I had a first ever appointment with a gynaecologist earlier this month and had only a vague idea of what might be done to me and why. After enduring an extremely painful smear test and a 3rd degree tear some years ago, I was extremely apprehensive and hoped I would be fully informed of every step of the way. The waiting room was full of men, that I initially thought I'd walked into a male clinic by mistake, then realised that these men were the partners of the women being seen. I felt very uncomfortable being alone in a waiting area which was virtually all men. When I was called, I didn't feel the gynaecologist was at all sympathetic and he told me the ultrasound would "be bound to ruffle my feathers". This was a fast track appointment, where I felt I was being rushed into a series of potentially serious and painful investigations. So I picked up my coat and walked out.

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Response from Royal Sussex County Hospital

I was very sorry to learn of your experience. Our PALS team would very much like to discuss your concerns and arrange an appointment for you more suitable to your needs. if this is something you would find helpful please do contact the PALS team by ringing 01273 696955 ext 4588 or by emailing pals@bsuh.nhs.uk

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