About: Essex County Hospital Essex County Hospital Colchester CO3 3NB
the waiting room was basically empty yet i had to wait half an hour longer than the time of my appointment, by the time i was seen they gave me no apology and i couldn't hardly understand the nurse. considering i was only 17 and was having the IUD i expected extra care and comfort to be given to me considering it is quite a painful procedure. she didn't explain to me what she was doing which made me feel quite uneasy and therefore i didn't know what to expect. i found the proceduere extremely painful and went into a state of shock. i felt very uncomfortable and frightened that i was experiencing so much pain and discomfort and i had already sicked up the painkillers they gave me just before the procedure. she just seemed to laugh it off even though i was white in the face and very clearly disorientated. i then felt it would help if i left the hot and stuffy room to get some air and sit on the toilet as my stomach felt uneasy. eventually she let me go but then whilst i was on the toilet, staff i hadn't even met kept opening the cubicle door and asking if i was alright, although they didn't seem genuinely concerned and i felt uncomfortable that they just kept opening the door while i was on the toilet. i was in shock so i found it hard to speak because the pain felt so excruciating, so i sounded quite snappy as to what i felt i needed in desperation to reduce the pain. when i kept changing my mind from wanting water to then needing to walk the nurse and the midwife that accompanied her just seemed to be annoyed that i was interupting their personal conversation which wasn't formal at all. i felt that the hosptial were not honest with me when telling me how much pain i would experience and certainly did not at all seem caring, to be honest they seemed to find it amusing. by the time i forced myself out of the hospital (still being sick as i walked down the street as i just wanted to get out of there) i was reduced to tears because of the embarrassment i went through. this was a really horrible experience for me and i'm still getting problems regarding the IUD. In consequence i am extremely fearful of having to get it taken out in 5 years as i don't want to suffer the same discomfort and pain that i did that day.