Queen Alexandra Hospital
Written by a NHS patient
13th May 2021
I was referred to the early pregnancy unit by my GP, the nurse who conducted my assessment and scan left me feeling unimportant and worthless, she didn’t speak to me about what had led me to them no explanation at all about what was going to happen, I was told to sit down and pull my trousers down and she placed some gel on me to scan then told me to empty my bladder as she need to scan me internally as she couldn’t see anything, I was rushed to go the toilet and came back and everything had been put away as it was her lunch break, she then told me to undress and put a gown on, her nexts words were it’s there look you’ve got your dates wrong I asked if I could film the heartbeat as my partner wasn’t with me and she turned the screen around and said I’m printing them. I was told to get dressed and she gave me the pictures in an envelope and said don’t open them now not everyone gets good news like you.
This is my first pregnancy, I was scared as losing blood for 5 days prior I had never had contact with a midwife before, this was my first experience and it has left me worried and concerned that I will be treat with such contempt in the coming months.