"Experience of miscarriages"
Posted by MsSmithJonesAnon (as ),
I have had 2 miscarriages requiring A&E followed by support at Ealing Hospital EPU.
In both cases, my treatment (although medically correct) at A&E left me rather ashamed and confused. In both cases the A&E Dr was younger. This doctor seemed to have trouble dealing with pregnancy tests and asked what I felt were insulting questions like "are you sure you're pregnant? " (obviously the pink line was faint- which it sometimes is anyway in a healthy pregnancy). The 2nd time, I heard a more experienced Dr telling the younger Dr off for misunderstanding the pink line and saying 'yes she is'... if a Dr can't understand a pregnancy test it worries me.
I felt like they thought I was hysterical. In the first case (last year), I was sent home from A&E and not told that my bloods showed me to be pregnant- still with a pain in my side which is a medical risk. I found this out afterwards.
With the 2nd one, the more experienced A&E Dr took over my care immediately and I felt extremely reassured as he got me a booking that very day at the EPU.
At the EPU, the staff were brilliant and wonderfully kind.
In the first case (October), they took my PUL (pregnancy of unknown location) seriously and did a 2nd set of bloods, confirming I was correct and it had happened. They scanned me and although terribly sad I felt medically safe.
With the 2nd one (last week), I was obviously devastated to have this happen twice, they were again so very kind and thorough.
They gave me the miscarriage association helpline and useful advice.