"Admission for Ectopic Pregnancy"
About: Heartlands Hospital Heartlands Hospital Birmingham B9 5SS
I have decided to leave a comment about my stay because it is still on my mind. Despite having had a previous ectopic pregnancy, I waited a week to be seen for a blood test after experiencing heavy bleeding and typical ectopic symptoms, I then waited another week for a scan and I do question if in this time my tube could have been saved.
I was admitted in the morning (and I have to say I was left feeling extremely confused as to my condition- and up until this day I still have questions) - I was made nil by mouth, and due to cancellations and missing meal times I remained without eating and drinking close to 36 hours. The toilets had blood smeared on the walls and remained so for my stay.
I was admitted because the Dr felt it was safer then me being at home , yet I was not checked the entire night , and when I struggled to the toilet with severe pain - telling a nurse that I had constipation pains no attention was paid to me, it is only after that I realised it was a blessing I survived as that is a sign for ectopic pregnancy . Equally with an earlier ectopic pregnancy I had in A+E years before , I was left there lying on chairs. It was not until I collapsed on the floor that I was treated as an emergency. I feel that Heartlands Hospital need to consider training staff better on ectopic pregnancy before someone dies.
Some staff were quite insensitive. I felt a strong sense of a "get over it and deal with it" attitude - one nurse in particular stood out when I asked them for surgery underwear which I had been desperatly waiting for they told me, whilst sitting with other staff in reception that was not their job . The aneathetist was extremely kind- and some of the nurses were very kind and efficient. And I thank the Doctors for potentially saving my life.