About: Conquest Hospital Conquest Hospital St. Leonards-on-Sea TN37 7RD
Posted by Anonymous
I took my newborn son to the conquest as he kept turning a grey/blue colour, and as he was born very prematurely I was extremely concerned. Upon arrival, we was sent to the resuss department which I believe is part of the A&E department, and my son was put on a SATS monitor where his sats kept dropping, however the nurse told me "it's just a faulty machine". The paediatrician then came over to see us, and was extremely patronising. They kept smiling at me and told me that I was just overreacting and that nothing was wrong with my son. After telling me countless times to go home, I eventually persuaded them to keep my son in overnight just to keep an eye on him as babies don't turn grey for no reason, which is something that you would expect a paediatrician to take seriously... apparently not! They then went off for a few moments to arrange a room for my son on Kipling Ward. Within a few minutes of her leaving, my son turned blue, stopped breathing and went completely limp! A nurse was standing by watching in panic, to which my husband has to shout at them to do something. They gave my son oxygen and after a couple of minutes he has regained colour but was still very pale. It was later found out that he had an infection which was what caused him to stop breathing. The moral of the story is, if I had listened to the paediatrician and gone home that night my son would have died! There was no way an ambulance would have made it in time. I then had to spend the next week around the same paediatrician who didn't even have the decency to apologise or acknowledge their mistakes. If anyone is reading this and knows their child is unwell but are told otherwise, make sure you push for something to do be done and don't always trust what a member of staff tells you. I hope the paediatrician that dealt with my son that day doesn't make the same crucial mistake, as another persons child may not be as fortunate next time!