"My lost baby was treated as clinical waste"
About: Princess Royal University Hospital / Gynaecology Princess Royal University Hospital Gynaecology BR6 8ND
Posted by frazzledteacher (as ),
I lost a baby at about 7 weeks old during a Norovirus outbreak at the PRUH.
Whilst in A+E I suspect I passed the fetus - I showed it to one of the A+E nurses who put it in the clinical waste bin without waiting to show the remains to the gynaecologist who had been called to see me.
I was admitted to the ward on Sunday evening and was not allowed to see my husband until discharge from hospital over 48 hours later. There was little acknowledgement apart from one of the night nurses and the nurse in charge of surgical 7 that I had been through a very traumatic experience. No acknowledgement that I was grieving as well as physically quite unwell.
It was made worse because the person opposite me was admitted with an ectopic pregnancy at about the same stage; her partner was allowed to stay and I could hear the doctors offering her the possibility of cremation for the remains of her child. I was just distraught for some weeks later that mine had been thrown out as clinical waste.