A CO DONEGAL woman who suffered a miscarriage has made a last minute heartfelt plea to the HSE to save the gynaecology ward at Letterkenny General Hospital.
The woman, who doesn’t want to be named, says hospital management cannot replicate the level of service and care at the Gynae Ward in the new Medical Unit due to be opened next month.
Management want to move staff from Gynae to the new centre – and say they cannot open the new hospital extension without them.
In a heartfelt plea, the woman told Donegal Daily: “I miscarried our first baby and was looked after to the highest standard in the gynae ward. Myself and my husband where totally and utterly devastated and the staff where so understanding, considerate and professionally trained to deal with our situation.
“From the minute I went in and realised I was miscarrying the staff were brilliant.
“You can’t explain the emptiness you feel after a D&C, I was so empty and lonely and dreading going back down to the ward from theatre, and it helped immensely to hear that I was going into a private room afterwards as they never put anyone back into the open ward after such an ordeal and that my husband could stay the night with me as we were both so upset and lonesome.
“It certainly made things easier. Our baby’s name was recorded in their special book and the chaplain was sent to us before we took our baby home to be burried.”
And she added: “I could not imagine this same care being possible within a seriously busy ward as Surgical 2 or any other ward for that matter.
“And the staff were used to dealing with our situation and knew exactly what to say and do to help.”