"Miscarried and treated terribly"

About: Hull Royal Infirmary

Turned away by A & E when I told them I had had severe cramping and had lost all pregnancy symptoms, was told there was nothing they could do even if I did miscarry and doctor did a urine test and confirmed I was still pregnant, which I knew because I was 11 weeks pregnant and found out at 6 weeks, I knew it would still show I was pregnant even if I was starting to miscarry. the next evening my out of hours doctors told me that they would arrange a scan as I had begun bleeding and he couldn't understand why HRI hadn't given me a early scan. (was given scan at castle hill and told missed miscarriage, baby had no heart beat, I planned to miscarry at home naturally) a few days later I was in severe pain and painkillers were not even touching the pain at all so I had no choice but to go to hospital. I had begun miscarrying at this point. First of all I was told off like I was a child, I am 30 years old! for panting as its the only way I could manage the pain, I was given two strong painkillers I think tramadol, these did not touch the pain whatsoever. I waited a while and was given a bed and some gas and air and then left out in the corridor for 4 hours, all different corridors, I was as high as a kite as I couldn't come of the gas and air without the pain returning, because of this I was talking loudly to my embarrassed husband about bleeding all over the bed and losing the baby and laughing loudly. It was a very traumatic experience, if I came off the gas and air I was absolutely a emotional wreck. I really wish they had just given me some really strong painkillers and sedatives and sent me home. I wasn't able to go to the toilet to get cleaned up as they wouldn't allow me to take the gas and air with me, I tried making it to the toilet but I couldn't make it with the pain and so returned to my blood soaked bed. I was put in a bay, which was only slightly better than the corridor, as it was a little bit away from the waiting room, curtain was open though and security guard was stood in front of me (he must have thought I was some sort of drug addicted the way I was on the gas and air and laughing all the time). My husband was told to wait in the waiting room, I really could have done with him with me. A nurse tried injecting me with painkillers but couldn't get my vein with me being high and resistant to coming off the gas and air, as I kept moving. She was very short with me. When I was finally seen I explained to the nurse that I had been trying to conceive for a long time and so it was a very wanted pregnancy, after she had done what she needed to, she was talking with another nurse in the corridor in front of me calling my baby a product of conception, over and over they discussed my baby in this way, even when I asked if my baby was in there. I wanted to take the remains but nobody ever asked me whether I wanted them and I was not strong enough to ask for them as I felt it was unusual to want that, I now know it is normal.

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Response from Hull Royal Infirmary

Thank you for placing your posting on the NHS Choices website. We are sorry to read of your recent experience and we will ensure that the staff concerned are made aware. If you would like to discuss this matter further with us, please do not hesitate to contact our Patient Advice & Liaison Service on (01482) 623065 or email on pals@hey.nhs.uk . If you would like to become more involved in decisions about local healthcare, we are recruiting members. By becoming a member you receive our quarterly newsletter, find out more about your local NHS and help us improve local services. You can also attend our ‘medicine for members’ sessions and respond to questionnaires. You don’t need any special skills or experience to become a member; you just need an interest in local health services. There is no commitment, you can get involved as much or as little as you choose. For more information please either email your.nhs@hey.nhs.uk or telephone the Corporate Affairs office on telephone number (01482) 675165. Thank you once again for taking the time to provide us with your views on local NHS services. Kind regards, Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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