"Good care but uncertain benefits"

About: St George's Hospital (Tooting) / Gynaecology

(as the patient),

Earlier this year I experienced a very painful urinary infection and was sent to St George's for an MRI scan.

The results suggested I needed further investigations and so was sent for an ultrasound. These results conflicted with each other and so I was sent for a CT scan. This third scan proved inconclusive and so was sent for a second ultrasound. The findings were such that it was decided I did not need treatment but that I would be rescanned in a year's time.

I also had four sets of blood tests and had to attend an appointment each time to have the results. I also had to attend appointments to have the results of the four scans. One blood test did indicate that I needed a course of vitamins.

I had several appointments regarding my initial UTI which kept me off work for one month, so in all I attended approximately 20 appointments in about 30 weeks.

To sum up my feelings, I would say that I was extremely pleased with the care and attention I received from all staff at the surgery and St George's. However, it has left me in a "what was all that about" state of mind and I have done a lot of my own research, mostly online, to set my mind at rest. Luckily I am able to do this.

One comment from a professional stands out for me. She said that with ever more sophisticated imaging results, there can be a danger in starting down the scanning track.

So in all, a good experience.

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Response from St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you very much for taking the time to post positive feedback about your recent experience at St George’s Hospital. Your comments will be passed on to the gynaecology team.

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