"Brilliant Care from the Early Pregnancy Unit"

About: St Thomas' Hospital (London)

Unfortunately I had an ectopic pregnancy. Thanks to the Early Pregnancy Unit, it was discovered before I had any symptoms and a laparoscopic surgery was carried out soon after I was diagnosed on the same day. I am truly impressed with the care I received and the professionalism of the doctors, nurses and surgeons. I was so lucky to be treated in St Thomas hospital. I went to St Thomas the other day to simply hand in my self-referral form for the antenatal service. By accident, I walked into the Early Pregnancy Unit instead. The lady told me I was in the wrong place for antenatal service. But after having a look at my form, she noticed I had some early bleeding and suggested that I have a scan done in this unit. The scan showed it was an ectopic pregnancy. Doctors soon came to me to explain the situation. It was a shock to me and I was crying and asking a lot of questions. They answered my questions patiently even though sometimes I was asking repetitive questions due to the shock. A surgery was immediately arranged for me. The surgeon and the doctor who applied the general anaesthetic came to talk to me before the surgery. They both patiently answered my questions and worries. During my time in the ward, I was very well looked after by nurses. It’s a pity that I can’t remember all their names. I wish I could. I’d like to say a big thank you to all the doctors, nurses and surgeons who looked after me during my time in the hospital and a very special thank you to one member of staff, who truly takes care of anyone who walked into the Early Pregnancy Unit.

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Response from St Thomas' Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of the Early Pregnancy Unit. I am glad to learn that you received both high quality treatment compassionate care during this difficult time. This is always what staff strive for and it is a great motivator to hear that this is how a patient experienced their time with us. Your feedback has now been shared with the senior nursing staff responsible for the Early Pregnancy Unit, who were very encouraged to receive it. They will share your feedback with all their staff, by including it in their service’s weekly newsletter.

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