One way patients used their voices to make a difference

Contributions and chat on the social networking site, Mumsnet, highlighted inadequacies experienced by women in early pregnancy, despite the many guidelines currently in place. This led to dialogue with the Department of Health and a discussion about the need for a new Early Pregnancy Code of Practice.

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust was keen to have the views of those who use our services represented and we were given the opportunity to speak directly to the Department of Health representatives about a number of issues, which included  better communication and information systems, shorter waiting times, improved access to scanning facilities, and better training for professionals in the psychological effects of early pregnancy loss.

The conclusion of the meeting was that guidelines need to be more robust and better implemented and, as a result, the DOH has given a firm commitment to change. The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust sees this as a very positive step. The meeting was brought about as a result of women using their voice through social networking and just goes to show what a huge difference speaking out can make to improving services. As we learn more of the DOH intentions, we will share that with you through our own networking facilities here at The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.