Trust apol­o­gised for my mis­car­riage hell

Ex­clu­sive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Shop News - By Aidan Bar­low

Lena Bay­field, who suf­fered a mis­car­riage at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal, is crit­i­cal of the care she re­ceived by med­i­cal staff. Right, her let­ter of apol­ogy from the am­bu­lance ser­vice A health trust has apol­o­gised to a woman who was told to walk from A&E to a de­liv­ery room on the other side of the hos­pi­tal while suf­fer­ing a mis­car­riage.

Lena Bay­field, 32, from Sin­gle­ton, was ad­mit­ted to the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal in Septem­ber, af­ter suf­fer­ing se­vere ab­dom­i­nal pain.

She be­lieves that doc­tors and mid­wives should have known she was at a greater risk of hav­ing a mis­car­riage be­cause she suf­fers from poly­cys­tic ovar­ian syn­drome (PCOS). Women af­fected by the con­di­tion have higher levels of an­dro­gens (male hor­mones), which can cause dif­fi­culty get­ting preg­nant and in­crease the risk of mis­car­riages.

The con­di­tion also meant Ms Bay­field has an in­com­pe­tent cervix, caus­ing her wa­ters to break early dur­ing her preg­nancy and leav­ing her with se­vere pains re­quir­ing vis­its to hos­pi­tal.

Ms Bay­field said: “The pain was so se­vere that I would end up at A&E, I was bleed­ing and in pain. Staff checked my baby and she was healthy, but I wasn’t checked in­ter­nally. They be­lieved that be­cause my baby was nor­mal I was nor­mal.

“They were aware of my con­di­tion, but I wasn’t re­ferred to a con­sul­tant. If I was di­a­betic or had HIV it would be scan­dalous, but my con­di­tion is no dif­fer­ent from some­one se­ri­ously ill.”

She was sent a let­ter about see­ing a spe­cial­ist con­sul­tant when she reached 20 weeks in her preg­nancy, but trag­i­cally she suf­fered the mis­car­riage just days be­fore the ap­point-

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