"Misdiagnosis"

About: Wythenshawe Hospital

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.

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Response from Wythenshawe Hospital

We are very sorry to hear of your experience and would like to investigate your experience further. If you would like us to do so, we will need more information and would be grateful if you would ring our Patient Experience Manager on 0161 291 5381 to discuss in more detail. Thank you for bringing your experience to our attention.

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