"Very disappointed with pushy researchers,..."

About: King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill)

I found the researchers and sonographers very pushy, particularly at my 22week scan were they tried to insist on a transvaginal scan for research purposes. Despite what they said, the leaflet says no benefits apart from research.

Moreover, the leaflet says you should be able to discuss options with your GP prior to the appointment, but this was impossible as I was not told about the transvaginal scan and swab (I really didn't want the swab as they said it was like a smear and I passed out last time I had a smear!) until I was having my blood pressure taken 2 mins before the scan. They literally gave me no time to think!

Consequently, I said no to all research which they were very unhappy with! I found the thought of it all very invasive, but the staff were quite rude about this. I am very low risk and in my second pregnancy so I did not feel I needed it. My Partner was also shocked at how I was treated, like a piece if research material and far from human! If I was alone I would have felt intimidated and upset.

The transvaginal scan and 'swab' are only offered at 20-22weeks scan. I was also asked you to take part in research at 12 weeks scan as well. Again, the staff were very pushy regarding research.

Ultimately, my problem with it was that they were very pushy, and I had no prior warning about an invasive procedure (or a good explanation) at my 22 weeks scan. The sonographer was very 'short' with me when I said no and tried to push it for my entire scan!

I feel some of the staff completely ruined the 'scan' experience. I am sure they are medically proficient in their areas, but they do not know how to treat people well.

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Response from King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill)

I am sorry to hear about your experience of scanning at King's during your pregnancy and that you felt that researchers were trying to encourage you to have a particular type of scan for research purposes.

I will pass on your comments to the Head of Midwifery at the Trust. If you would like to talk to someone further about this, please do contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service who would be happy to help on 020 3299 33601 or via email to kch-tr.PALS@nhs.et