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  1. Community Post
    *Trigger warning. This post includes personal gynaecological experiences of a traumatic nature. What is your experience of having a hysteroscopy? We would like to hear - good or bad so that we can help campaign for safer, harm free care. You can read Patient Safety Learning's blog about improving hysteroscopy safety here. You'll need to be a hub member to comment below, it's quick and easy to do. You can sign up here.
  2. Content Article
    Hysteroscopy is a reliable technique which is highly useful for the evaluation and management of intrauterine pathology. Recently, the widespread nature of in-office procedures without the need for anaesthesia has been requesting validation of practical approach in order to reduce procedure-related pain. In this regard, authors performed a comprehensive review of literature regarding pain management in office hysteroscopic procedures.  The authors conclude: "Accumulating evidence support the use of pharmacological and other pharmacological-free strategies for reducing pain during office hysteroscopy. Nevertheless, future research priorities should aim to identify the recommended approach (or combined approaches) according to the characteristics of the patient and difficulty of the procedure."
  3. Content Article
    The following account has been shared with Patient Safety Learning anonymously. We’d like to thank the patient for to sharing their experience to help raise awareness of the patient safety issues surrounding outpatient hysteroscopy care.
  4. News Article
    Undergoing a medical procedure without an anaesthetic felt like being "flayed alive", according to Dee Dickens. The 53-year-old is one of many in the UK who have reported having a hysteroscopy, which is used to examine the uterus, without enough pain relief. Clinical guidelines say patients must be given anaesthetic options before the gynaecological exam. Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board said it was concerned by the experiences of Ms Dickens and urged her to get in touch. Ms Dickens, from Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, had a hysteroscopy as an outpatient at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant after experiencing bleeding despite being menopausal. Ms Dickens said her medical notes and past childhood sexual abuse were not considered and she was not offered a local anaesthetic prior to the procedure in October 2022. Due to underlying health conditions, including fibromyalgia and Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), she was reluctant to have a general anaesthetic as it would have left her "poorly for weeks" so she had the hysteroscopy on painkillers only. "Everybody's bustling, so it's really difficult to advocate for yourself," said Ms Dickens. When the procedure began, she said she felt extreme pain, adding: "I was very aware that I was a black woman who felt like she was being experimented on with no anaesthetic. "They took out my coil and then they started on the biopsies and good God, that felt like being flayed alive. It was awful. "It was like having my insides scraped out and blown up all at the same time." Read full story Source: BBC News, 27 November 2023 What is your experience of having a hysteroscopy? Add your story to our painful hysteroscopy hub community thread.
  5. News Article
    A leading consultant has warned that poor care is at the root of a growing outcry over an invasive medical test that has left women in agony. Dr Helgi Johannsson, vice-president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, has spoken out about the hysteroscopy after the Sunday Mail revealed the suffering of a series of female patients. His intervention comes amid a growing backlash around the procedure used to investigate and treat problems in the womb, with more than 3000 women now reporting being left with post-traumatic stress and excruciating pain. The test involves a long scope being inserted into the womb, often without anaesthetic, leaving one in three in pain. Dr Johannsson, a consultant anaesthetist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, said: “It sounds like a lot of this is poor care and badly handled, and emotionally badly handled, and (they) didn’t stop when they were supposed to. “Stories of being held down to finish the procedure are just awful. It’s important that we make the OH as good as we can possibly make it, including some sort of inhalation sedation, but having the ability to say stop when you need to is so important and a measure of good care.” Read full story Source: Daily Record, 7 May 2023 Further reading on the hub: Women share their experiences of painful hysteroscopy in the hub community. My experience of an outpatient hysteroscopy procedure Hysteroscopy: 6 calls for action to prevent avoidable harm
  6. News Article
    Women have been left in extreme pain from an invasive procedure that’s been described as the “next big medical scandal”. The Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy (CAPH) has collated more than 3000 accounts of “pain, fainting and trauma during outpatient hysteroscopy” throughout the UK – including more than 40 so far from Scotland. CAPH said female patients are being subjected to barbaric levels of pain and claim hospitals prioritise efficiency and cost-cutting over their needs and welfare. The group believes the issue could become as bad as the vaginal mesh scandal, which saw women left in severe pain and with life-changing side effects after being treated with polypropylene mesh implants for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Katharine Tylko, of CAPH, said: “Severely painful outpatient hysteroscopy is the next medical scandal after vaginal mesh. Cheap, quick and easy-ish NHS outpatient hysteroscopy without anaesthesia/sedation causes severe pain/distress/trauma to approximately 25 per cent of patients.” Margaret Cannon, from Rutherglen in Lanarkshire, told how she had an “excruciatingly painful” hysteroscopy at Stobhill Hospital in April 2020 without anaesthetic or analgesia. She said: “I am a qualified nurse and midwife, so have good insight into how all the medical and nursing professionals failed me. I had been told to expect mild cramp and I kept thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me that I can’t tolerate the pain?’ I felt violated and assaulted.” She felt so strongly about her experience that she complained. When she finally received a response, she said it “was dismissive and none of my points were addressed”. Read full story Source: Daily Record, 19 March 2023 See also our 'Painful hysteroscopy' thread in the hub Community.
  7. Content Article
    The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has launched a consultation to seek views on the draft Green-top Guideline on Outpatient Hysteroscopy document. This consultation is open to both professionals and patients. You can return your comments using this online form by midnight Monday 13 March 2023. Please also see the guidance for reviewers page on the RCOG website.  
  8. Content Article
    Hysteroscopy is a common and valuable intervention to diagnose and treat gynaecological conditions arising in the uterus. Many women have an acceptable experience of outpatient hysteroscopy, with pain levels tolerable to them and rapid recovery. However, it is important to recognise that hysteroscopy can cause severe pain and be traumatic for women. This is difficult to predict. Therefore, units need to share with women clear, accurate and relevant, written and verbal information. This Good Practice Paper from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has been written for healthcare professionals who are involved in providing outpatient hysteroscopy with the aim of achieving optimal outcomes for women.
  9. Content Article
    In this blog, Patient Safety Learning’s Chief Executive, Helen Hughes, reflects on a recent discussion about hysteroscopy and patient safety at a conference in January 2023, hosted by the Association of Anaesthetists.
  10. Content Article
    Outpatient and daycase hysteroscopy and polypectomy (OPHP) are widely recognised methods for the treatment of endometrial polyps. There have been concerns regarding pain affecting satisfaction and tolerability of the outpatient procedure. Dr Bhawana Purwar and colleagues from the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust conducted a service evaluation of their outpatient hysteroscopy and polypectomy (OPHP) and compared it with their daycase procedures. They concluded that the OPHP is cost-effective and efficient method with reasonable acceptability. It is well tolerated with remarkable success rates and excellent patient satisfaction. As compared to daycase group, it requires less time for recovery and sooner returns to work.
  11. Content Article
    In this special edition episode of 'I forgot to ask the doctor', host Dr Gail Busby interviews Professor Justin Clark and Dr Helgi Johnannsson about the options for pain relief for the important procedure of hysteroscopy. 
  12. Content Article
    In this article for Chamber UK magazine, Lyn Brown MP warns that hysteroscopy could be the next big women's health scandal and calls for dramatic improvements in care. She describes the accounts of women being encouraged to undergo hysteroscopy without anaesthesia and appropriate pain relief, and how lack of informed consent is leaving women feeling violated and scared to undergo future gynaecological procedures. She also describes how she raised the issue in the House of Commons and outlines the failure of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology's new 'Good Practice Paper' to properly address the decision making process and acknowledge the severity of the pain experienced by many women who undergo hysteroscopy. The article can be found on page 64 of the e-magazine.
  13. Content Article
    This is Patient Safety Learning’s submission to the consultation by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists seeking views on a draft Green-top Guideline on outpatient hysteroscopy. The aim of this guideline is to provide clinicians with up to date, evidence-based information regarding outpatient hysteroscopy, with particular reference to minimising pain and optimising the patient experience. The consultation is now closed.
  14. Content Article
    Sex and gender bias in health and social care results in poor outcomes for patients and has a negative impact on safety during care and treatment. For the last two International Women’s Days, Patient Safety Learning has highlighted patient safety concerns on this topic, considering the broader risk to safety posed by this bias and the impact on outcomes and safety of women being historically underrepresented in clinical trials and medication research.[1] [2] The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #EmbraceEquity. In support of this aim, there are seven different missions which have been identified to help forge a gender-equal world, including one focused specifically on health: “To assist women to be in a position of power to make informed decisions about their health”[3] This year we will focus on this mission, considering the relationship between women’s health, informed consent and patient safety. We will first set out what we mean by informed consent, before discussing how failures in consent can have a negative impact on women’s health. Then we will consider the UK Women’s Health Strategy in relation to these issues, and discuss what is needed to improve patient safety.
  15. Content Article
    Hysteroscopy is a procedure used as a diagnostic tool to identify the cause of common issues such as abnormal bleeding, unexplained pain or unusually heavy periods. It involves a long, thin tube being passed through the vagina and cervix, into the womb, often with little or no anaesthesia.  Studies indicate that some women do not find hysteroscopy procedures painful. However, it is now widely recognised that many women experience severely painful and traumatic hysteroscopies.[1-5]  At Patient Safety Learning, we have worked with patients, campaigners, clinicians and researchers to understand the barriers to safe care and call for improvements.[6] We believe that no woman should have to endure extreme pain or trauma when accessing essential healthcare.  In this blog we will:  outline the key safety concerns around hysteroscopy procedures summarise recent national discussions highlighting these concerns reflect on the new national guidance outline six calls for action. 
  16. Content Article
    A patient satisfaction survey for outpatient hysteroscopy for patient's to share their comments on the service they received.
  17. Content Article
    In this blog Patient Safety Learning highlights the key issues included in its recent response to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists new draft guidance for healthcare professionals who are involved in providing outpatient hysteroscopy.
  18. Content Article
    This presentation was submitted by the patient group Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy, as an oral presentation to the British Society for Gynae Endoscopy’s Annual Scientific Meeting 2021. It includes patient testimonials and statistical data gathered around painful hysteroscopies and informed consent. 
  19. Content Article
    This is a presentation detailing the manuscript which investigated the presence of pain during hysteroscopy, delivered by pain researcher, Richard Harrison to the annual meeting of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2021.
  20. Content Article
    In this blog, pain researcher, Richard Harrison, reflects on the presentation he recently made to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, based on his research into pain during hysteroscopy. Follow the link below to read Richard's blog, or you can watch the RCOG presentation here. 
  21. Content Article
    This is an Adjournment Debate from the House of Commons on the 31 January 2022 on NHS Hysteroscopy Treatment, tabled by Lyn Brown MP.
  22. Content Article
    This is the transcript of a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons on waiting lists for gynaecological services.
  23. Content Article
    In this letter, campaign group Hysteroscopy Action, have written to Women’s Minister, Maria Caulfield, to raise its concerns about the levels of pain and trauma experienced by many women undergoing outpatient hysteroscopy procedures. The letter, which has over 20 signatories, including Helen Hughes, Chief Executive of the Patient Safety Learning charity. It calls for more theatre space for women to have procedures under general anaesthetic as well as offering women the choice of intravenous sedation.  Related reading Horror as women are facing major medical procedures without anaesthetic, warn experts Guidance for outpatient hysteroscopy: Consultation Response (Patient Safety Learning) Patient experiences shared with us in our community thread Pain during ambulatory hysteroscopy: A presentation by Richard Harrison (3 minute video) 2020: Raising awareness about painful hysteroscopies (8 minute video) Pain-free day surgery? Evaluating pain and pain assessment during hysteroscopy Ministers respond to concerns about painful hysteroscopies: Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales Read the letter to Maria Caulfield in full below.
  24. Content Article
    Please help the Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy uncover the circumstances, quantify the contributing factors, and evidence the consequences of painful and distressing hysteroscopies. The survey is anonymous. The results will be put in the public domain to be used to help improve hysteroscopy services for future patients.
  25. Content Article
    Hysteroscopy is a diagnostic gynaecological procedure traditionally requiring administration of general anaesthesia, but more frequently completed using local anaesthesia within a day-case (ambulatory) setting. Advantages associated with this transition include decreased completion times, fewer risks, and lower clinical costs. Numerous services advertise the procedure as being either pain free or low pain; however, it is estimated that 25% of patients report experiencing intense or intolerable pain. For severe pain, local anaesthetic can be administered, but this does not guarantee effective pain management. This research, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, found that very few patients feel no pain and a significant number felt pain of greater than 7/10. It also found a disconnect between the patient's experience of pain and the clinician's perception of it. This research paper is paywalled, but can be purchased via the link below.
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