original image (c) Jemma Thorne for Hysteroscopy Action
original image (c) Jemma Thorne for Hysteroscopy Action

Hysteroscopy is the examination of the womb using a miniature camera at the end of a thin, rigid metal tube, through which miniature surgical instruments are passed.

Many patients have gone on to suffer PTSD. None were warned of the risks of severe pain reported in recent NHS audits. The words used repeatedly to describe the experience are ‘barbaric’, ‘medieval’, ‘torture’ and ‘violated’. Many women weep, faint or vomit.

Now Cllr Helen Fenton is joining Hysteroscopy Action in calling for all patients to receive full written information before the procedure, including listing the risk factors for severe pain, and are offered a choice of outpatient procedure or safely monitored conscious sedation / epidural / general anaesthetic.

She said: “As SDC’s representative on Gloucestershire County Council’s Health Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) I am speaking out on this issue because we all deserve compassionate and fair health care from the NHS in Gloucestershire. I call on: Deborah Lee, CEO of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Siobhan Baillie MP and GCC’s Health Overview Scrutiny Committee to support Lyn Brown’s demands for change to healthcare practice for women undergoing hysteroscopies.”

You can sign the petition to end barbaric NHS hysteroscopies with inadequate pain-relief here https://www.change.org/p/secretary-of-state-for-health-end-barbaric-nhs-hysteroscopies-with-inadequate-pain-relief

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