"Womens Health"

About: Royal Sussex County Hospital / Gynaecology Southlands Hospital

(as the patient),

I think that if you suffer from women's health problems then you are at the bottom of the nhs priority list. I have had constant cystitis, abdominal and pelvic pains and have been feeling generally awful since the end of Feb 2011.

After 4 months of going back and forth to my GP having tests and receiving medication that wasn't working and still no diagnosis I was admitted to hospital for an emergency laparoscopy to remove a 6.8cm cyst from my right ovary although the radiographer said it was on the left which caused some confusion.

Since recovering from my operation none of the symptoms have gone. I am referred between gynecologists and urologists waiting at least 6 weeks for every appointment with a doctor who tells me they don't know what to do and then they make we wait 6 weeks to see another that does the same. I have now been suffering with this for 11 months.

I am a postgraduate student desperately trying to get on with my course and my life but the constant pain and discomfort makes it nearly impossible and I don't feel as though I am getting any support from anywhere.

I know several women who have had similar problems and they have all taken a year out of their jobs/courses/lives to resolve their problem because the nhs takes so long to make the tiniest bit of progress. It should not have to be this way! I feel like my only option now is to go private, I can not afford to so I will probably have to take out a loan.

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Response from Development Officer, Brighton & Hove LINk

Sorry to hear about your troubles.

We might be able to help you stop things like this happening again. The Brighton and Hove LINk is a health and adult social care watchdog that works independently of the NHS and the government. We have the power to hold the people at the top to account for issues like this and have a good track record of getting changes made. Although we can’t take on your individual case, if these sorts of problems have happened to other people as well we can take it on as a priority and seek action. All we need is for you to complete a short ‘issues’ form to log this problem with us. Is this something you would like to do?

Contact me on community@cvsectorforum.org.uk for more information, and have a look at our website to see what other people have been telling us about local services http://bit.ly/prFDDD

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