"epu at pah"
About: Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow) Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow) Harlow CM20 1QX
I went for a scan to check on my baby's progress. I was 8 weeks pregnant. I sat in the waiting room with all the other pregnant women, excited to see my baby on the screen. When the sonographer told me that he couldn't see a heartbeat and the pregnancy wasn't viable I was upset. I was told to sit back in the waiting room but I was so conbcerned about being upset in front of all the other pregnant women, I would allow myself to cry or even my partner to hug me for fear that I would upset and worry the other women in the waiting room. I chose to wait outside and left my poor partner who was also suffering, inside to wait for me to be called. After half an hour I was still waiting, trying not to cry and I decided to go home without seeing the doctor. Epu needs a seperate waiting room for pregnant women who have been told they have had a missed miscarriage. They also need to see doctors asap when they have been told their baby is dead, not wait with pregnant women for ages. I feel let down and like my pregnancy didn't matter. When I finally did see the doctor that day I asked for the copies of the scan that the sonographer had printed out as I felt that this was the only record I had that my baby existed. The doctor did not understand my need for this request and said that the images has been destroyed by the sonogrpaher. I do not understand why these images were not part of my notes. Epu needs to think more about the feelings of the women in their care as I feel that my distress could have been reduced by simple changes at epu. Please make some changes, no one else needs to go through this. I have read similar reviews about the unit and it seems that no one is listening.