"Poor communication between doctors conflicting..."
About: The Royal Victoria Infirmary The Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4LP
Posted by Anonymous
I sadly miscarried for the second time in February this year. First visit to RVI A&E with light bleeding, very swift referral up to Ward 40. However, I was seen by a ward nurse, was not even given the opportunity to see a doctor, and the first available scan was 4 days later in EPAC, I was told there was no-one in the hospital who could scan me at that time which I found hard to believe. I was back twice more before my EPAC scan with more bleeding, waited for hours each time, saw a different doctor each time, got conflicting advice and information each time. On my third visit was given Anti D due to my O- blood type, but only because I'd read up about it and asked if I should have it or not. Scan confirmed missed miscarriage, sent home again and told to come back in a week for a follow up. Had a horrendous miscarriage at home two days later and was brought back in an ambulance. I was then treated for most of my stay by a very very lovely, but heavily pregnant member of staff which I felt was very thoughtless. Nursing staff all great, knew what was going on, helpful. Doctors, no continuity of care at all, very stressful, different advice with each discussion, disappointing, told me I wouldn't be scanned before I was discharged even though the nursing staff had already arranged it. Can't help but feel that this horrible experience could have been avoided with better management and still can't believe I had to wait 4 days to get a scan when I was bleeding. Found out afterwards that I could have paid for a scan and probably got one the same day at the RVI, wasn't offered that option at the time.