"Cannot fault the care I received"

About: Princess Anne Hospital / Gynaecology

(as the patient),

I found out I was pregnant, well, I knew it was. Anyway, got to 7 weeks and I begin to have slight pain on one side.

I book in to the EPU at Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton and have an internal scan. 5 anxious minutes pass and the lady scanning me, Jude, explained that there is a gestational sac but it is empty. She showed me the live pictures and explained that it's not a question of if, but when I would miscarry. She answered my questions before I could ask them.

I went to another room to have my blood taken to see the hcg levels. Had 2 more blood tests which all showed a "suboptimal rise". This meant that something was still going on... The first scan was on a Thursday, the last on Tuesday. I had 4 days in limbo. It was terrible. Knowing it was going to happen, but when?

I get a call on Tuesday to say my hcg levels are almost 15,000 and I must be scanned again. 30 mins into the scan, they see what could be an ectopic pregnancy. I am immediately admitted for a laparoscopic investigation. Thankfully no ectopic but a cyst. They do an ERPC and have sent off for tests.

I cannot fault the care I received last week. At no point was I unsure of what was going on and nor was I given false hope (which would have done more emotional harm). This is the 2nd miscarriage I have had in 4 years.

At no point was I made to feel it was my fault, there wasn't anything I could do - there was a problem, my body recognised and dealt with it. It helps to have doctors, nurses, admin and ultrasound staff who are sympathetic and give you a mum hug at 3am when you feel rubbish.

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Response from Princess Anne Hospital

I am really sorry to read of the circumstances of your visit but would like to thank you for sharing with us the positive aspects of your visit. These situations can be difficult for both the patient and the staff and it is useful to be able to share with the staff which aspects of the care helped you.

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