Mum hits out over wait for hospital scan

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A Newmarket mum of two has hit out at Addenbrooke’s Hospital after she spent a week trying to get an ultrasound scan for excruciating abdominal pain.

Catherina Scott-Hart of Frampton Close saw her GPs at the beginning of last week after she suffered severe and sudden pain. They referred her for an emergency ultrasound at The Rosie in Cambridge.

She went to hospital three times last week requesting a scan for what was a suspected ovarian cyst but has had to wait eight days for a detailed scan to determine the cause of her pain.

Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie both wanted to admit her but she did not want to take up a bed.

Catherina, who suffered from an ovarian cyst in September, spoke to her doctors again and has complained to PALS, the patient liaison organisation.

On Thursday in the early hours of the morning she was taken to Addenbrooke’s by a paramedic in a car and again the hospital wanted to admit her. She was sent home from A&E at 5am and had to make her way home in a taxi.

She said: I went down to the concourse and just cried.”

On Friday she was taken by ambulance as an emergency as the pain was so bad and was given an emergency ultrasound to check if there was a cyst or fluid and if she needed emergency treatment.

She said: “I just wanted to find out what it was and do not see the point of me staying in and being filled up with morphine. Hospitals are so short of beds.

“I can’t be the only person affected. I just couldn’t understand as it must cost several hundred pounds to take up a bed for the night. I can’t fault my GPs who have worked so hard on my behalf.”

Catherina who is the director of the Newmarket Community Events online service and founded the Newmarket Area PTA Association has been getting by on strong painkillers.

She added: “I have two small children and need to get on with my life. To say eight days is reasonable maybe OK but not if you are in absolute agony. Last time I had a cyst I had all the scans and they did everything in one go. It was fantastic.”