"The consultant was obtuse and made disrespectful..."

About: University Hospital Lewisham

What I liked

I appreciate that my referral was treated as an urgent one and was seen by a specialist within a very short period of time.

What could be improved

I was 12 weeks pregnant at that time and after having gone through my profile and having reported I was a nutritionist and a yoga teacher, I was asked whether I smoke. I replied no and the consultant asked me if I had quit twelve weeks ago. He did the same with alcohol, which I found very offensive as he was implying that I had smoked and consumed alcohol regularly and quit when I found out I was pregnant. Even if i did, I do not think he can make comments like that.

I was told that the fact I am anemic is my fault because I do not eat meat (I am a vegan).

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Response from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

We are very sorry to hear that you are unhappy about the care you received. If you would like us to investigate this matter for you please contact our PALS Department on pals. lewisham@nhs. net or 020 8333 3355.

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