About: Wythenshawe Hospital Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester M23 9LT
I attended an appointment in the Gynaecology department on the morning of 26 May 2014 as it was recommended that I had a scan after an out of hours doctor's appointment for several days of bad stomach cramps let to a positive pregnancy test. I was scanned by one lady, I assume a sonographer, and the doctor who was then passed the scans and advised us was not in the room at the time. She said with no uncertainty whatsoever that I was either going to have a 'normal' miscarriage or I had a partial molar pregnancy. She explained this very briefly and said that I needed to be transferred to a specialist in Sheffield who deals with this and said that it might mean that I couldn't try for a baby for a year afterwards. This was all the information I was left with and I felt it was given to me in a very matter of fact and unfriendly way. Without going into too much detail, I then saw a Doctor at Kings College Hospital two days later, who said this looked like a normal but very early pregnancy. I then had another scan two weeks later and then a scan two days ago, which confimed that I was 13 weeks pregnant with a completely normal healthy baby. This misdiagnosis and that fact that I was told there was no doubt about it, caused me a huge amount of stress and grief. Not only was I losing a baby, I had something wrong that could mean I couldn't try to have a baby for a year, there was an increased chance of it happening again and in the worst cases, it can lead to cancer. From a further look into this, this doesn't cause any pain either, so this can't have led to the diagnosis. Luckily, I continued to be sensible, didn't drink and only took painkillers that I knew were safe in pregnancy, just in case. Unfortunately I passed my notes to the hospital and London and no longer know the name of the doctor but I sincerely hope she will be advised of this mistake and I would really appreciate confirmation of this. I would hate for anybody else to be told the same thing incorrectly. I also noticed from my 3 scans since, that there were always at least two people present when the scan was taking place and somebody there for a second opinion for my first additional scan, who, needless to say, was very confused as to why I had been told what I had been told. The whole experience and having to wait for 8 weeks to be sure nothing was wrong has been very stressful and has made what should be a pleasant experience quite the opposite.