"Upsetting experience after 1st trimester screening"

About: Portsmouth City Teaching PCT Queen Alexandra Hospital / Mary Rose Maternity Centre St Mary's NHS Treatment Centre / Diagnostic imaging

(as the patient),

On a Friday in April 2012, I was really excited to have my first scan on my first baby. This turned to absolute devastation, when I found out that my baby had anencephaly (skull hadn't formed properly).

Then the nightmare rollercoaster started. From the scan room, we had to wait in the Quiet room for a doctor to explain what exactly all this meant and to weigh our options. He explained that an abortion would be the best option. So we were referred to St Mary’s Ella Gordon unit, who would ring us in an hour.

They rang us to say we had to wait 4 days to see a consultant and then we would have to wait to get an appointment to actually have the abortion, which we wouldn't be able to have in Portsmouth where we live as QA don’t do abortions if you are 12 weeks or over. We had to travel to Bournemouth.

3 days later went to my doctors, who weren't informed on anything! Then, a couple of weeks later, midwife got hold of us to say we had missed an appointment.

I am absolutely disgusted and angry at the way we were treated and have lost a lot of faith in all these people that call themselves professionals and still to this day we have had no help to get through this devastation.

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