"X-Ray dept for my daughter tummy"

About: Tameside General Hospital

Visited x-Ray on Monday 29 th september 14 at 4.00pm waited not very long to be shown to a room where my daughter was told to undress & leave her underwear on & shoes & soaks , I was asked to wait in the changing area by this gentleman , I heard the gent then ask my daughter her date of birth & address to then ask whether she might be pregnant & has she started her periods to my amazement as she was only 9yrs at the end of June . When the gent came back he then asked my daughter if she wanted to tell me what they discussion was I'm flabbergasted by this attention to detail , we had a ultra-sound scan 4 weeks ago & was treated lovely what is going on ? One upset mum & my daughter couldn't stop crying as it's bad enough being a strange place not feeling well to be asked these questions . Need some answers please ????

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Responses

Response from Lindsay Stewart, Deputy Director of Nursing, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Many thanks for these comments; I am terribly sorry for the distress that this situation has caused. It is not our policy to ask someone this young about periods or pregnancy. It is a mandatory question for females between the ages of 12 and 55. I have shared this comment with the Manager for radiology who will re-iterate our policy to all staff members. If you would like a more personal response please can you contact Clare McPeake Radiology manager on 0161 922 6434 who will be able to answer any further questions you may have.

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

‘’Would you like to help the hospital to improve its services further? We are currently looking for patients and carers to become involved in a development called “Patient Stories”. We want to know more about our services from the point of view of those who received them – what was good, bad, what could be improved, what should be changed. Want to know more about what’s involved? Please contact John Goodenough, Director of Nursing at

john.goodenough@tgh.nhs.uk

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