Over the past four years I have had numerous conversations with parents, Angel parents and have read numerous articles about the failures of Gp’s (family doctor) and hospital doctors. We very rarely hear good news about them, but that isn’t because there isn’t any good news about them. it’s because it’s often overshadowed with bad stories.
I recently wrote about Darcey who would have been with her parents if the ambulance service and the hospital had done things differently, and that’s just an example. In the closed groups I hear similar stories, that a child was sent home without proper checks and subsequently died, or some intervention caused a death.
Stories like this, which are not confined to support groups on social media, but frequently appear in the nation press can be enough to cause people not to trust doctors; which is understandable. Personally I have experienced excellent care from my gp and hospital doctors, but I will not let that biase me, because this isn’t about me and my experiences.
I want to condense some observations I have made on this subject.
- If you are pregnant and need some urgent medical intervention and it will be quicker to get to the hospital yourself, then consider doing that. (unless it would make your situation worse.)
- If at anytime in your pregnancy you are concerned about anything, no matter how small then go to your midwife/doctor or hospital. Don’t consider it wasting anyone’s time, consider it that you are ensuring your baby is ok. Please also see Count the Kicks on facebook.https://www.facebook.com/ukcountthekicks?ref=ts&fref=ts
- If your child is unwell and you take them to the gp(family doctor) and are sent home don’t be afraid to go back or go to hospital if you are not satisfied. It may be 5 minutes later, it may be a day later; but that’s all it can take for something tragic to happen.
- If your child is in hospital and has undergone tests and deemed to be fit to go home and you are not happy, then don’t go. Ask the questions that are troubling you, ask for a second opinion.