A HEARTBROKEN pregnant mum waited 12 hours in an A&E for a scan, only to be told that she had lost the baby.
Amy Rennie, 18, tragically lost her baby at ten and a half weeks while “drunks and drug users” caused delays in the Derriford Hospital emergency department in Plymouth.
Amy Rennie, 18, had to wait 12 hours in A&E just to hear the tragic news that she had lost her baby[/caption]
The teen, who praised the work of midwives at the hospital, found out that she had lost her baby after a trialling 12-hour wait at the hospital.
However, the 18-year-old mum claims that people who were “drunk or on drugs” were seen first by staff.
She said: “I don’t want anyone else to go through what I went through that day.
“Staff were dealing with people who were drunk or on drugs first and it was just horrible.
“I know it can’t have been just me that’s gone through something like this.
“So many people that night were moaning because it took hours to be seen.”
Amy, who has a one-year-old son, went to the hospital on September 2 after she began bleeding.
After waiting several hours, she said a doctor came into the waiting area and advised that there would be a seven-hour wait to be seen.
Staff were dealing with people who were drunk or on drugs first and it was just horrible
“At the time I questioned it,” Amy told Plymouth Live.
She said: “I asked the receptionist whether it was still a seven-hour wait for me given the circumstances, and she then advised me that there were only two people in front of me, and then I could be seen.”
The young mum, from Plymouth, provided a urine and blood sample, and after a few hours was told that her blood test was normal – however she had to wait until 11am the next morning to be seen by a doctor.
Despite her heavy bleeding, the 18-year-old was told she would be seen at 8.30am – but was only taken to the Meavy Ward by a doctor two and a half hours after that.
However, the pregnant mum was not seen for a scan until 4pm that day.
Amy said: “By this point, I hadn’t slept all night, I hadn’t eaten, and up until now I’d kept being shoved into the waiting room, so I was just fed up.
“By this point I’d been there for so long, I just felt like crying.
“I was hungry, frustrated, stressed, and still didn’t know why I was experiencing this bleeding.
“When I got to the scan room they asked me another batch of questions, and then I was scanned by a midwife called Pam, who I can’t thank enough, she was very supportive.
“She scanned me, and even used a camera, before telling me that my baby was there, but with no heartbeat.”
The 18-year-old returned home with little more than a scan photo – and expressed how the awful news was made worse by the hours of waiting.
After finding out about her miscarriage, she said she was unable to look after her one-year-old son Oscar because she was in such a state.
There’s no suggestion the 12-hour wait contributed to the loss of Amy’s baby.
The A&E department at Derriford Hospital, which is about to get a £30million investment in a bid to keep up with growing demands, treats over 300 people a day.
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A spokesperson for University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, which runs Derriford, said: “We’re incredibly sorry to hear of the patient’s loss and that a long wait impacted further on an already difficult and upsetting situation.
“We would urge the family to make contact with our Patient Advice and Liaison Service so that unanswered questions can be explored with the correct clinical colleagues.”
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