"Appointment after recurring miscarriage"

About: Dewsbury & District Hospital / Gynaecology

(as the patient),

The waiting room for the appointment was the same as the antenatal care unit so I was surrounded by pregnant women while waiting for my appointment (which was 40 mins late). I felt that this was totally inconsiderate to my situation in that I find it upsetting to see pregnant women at this moment due to my recurring miscarriages.

When I actually had my appointment, I had very little expectations and it was a good job. After being asked if I had any children and some very brief details about my other failed pregnancies and if I'd had any previous tests, I was basically told that there wasn't much more they would do - take some bloods and that was about it - only if I wanted them to.

My main concern was the lack of interest or questions in my previous miscarriages or experiences - I had issues following a surgical removal of a miscarriage that the consultant skimmed over and showed no interest in. I left feeling like it was a total waste of my time and that boxes had been ticked and that was it. There was no interest in pursuing my case and I was told that there would be no further appointments. There was no mention of what to do if I were to get pregnant again and no offer of help here.

Not sure exactly what the point of the whole thing was - I was in and out within 10 minutes! I didn't even end up getting my blood test as I was directed across the road and there was a huge queue. After waiting so long for my appointment, I didn't have any more time to spend queueing again so I have literally no answers and no options. I had to wait 8 weeks for this appointment - which, incidently, had been cancelled and rescheduled twice before finally getting a confirmed date.

The only good thing was that The nurse at my appointment was absolutely lovely.

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Response from Paul Jepson, Patient Liaison Manager, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Zobadiah

We are sorry that you found the appointment unhelpful and apologise for the insensitivity you describe.
We would be pleased to arrange for the matter to be investigated if you would like to contact us directly with the appropriate details. The email address is pals@midyorks.nhs.uk
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