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  1. News Article
    Smear-test delays during lockdown have prompted calls for home-screening kits. Cervical cancer screening has restarted across the UK - but some women say they will not attend their appointments for fear of catching Covid. Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is urging "faster action" on home tests for HPV, which causes 99% of cervical cancers. An NHS official said GP practices should continue screening throughout lockdown, and "anyone invited for a cervical smear test should attend". Cancer Research UK said it was not yet known how effective and accurate self-sampling could be in cervical screening. A survey by gynaecological cancer charity the Eve Appeal indicates nearly one in three missed smear tests are the result of people being "put off" by coronavirus. And a Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust survey during the pandemic suggests the same proportion would prefer to take their own human-papillomavirus (HPV) test rather than go to a GP. Acting chief executive Rebecca Shoosmith said coronavirus had added "more barriers" to going for a smear test. "Sadly those who found it difficult before are likely to be no closer to getting tested," she said. "Self-sampling would be a game-changer." Both charities emphasise smear tests are for "women and anyone with a cervix" and transgender and non-binary people may have additional barriers to going. Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust said DIY tests could also help people who had been sexually assaulted and those with disabilities or from backgrounds where smear tests were taboo. Read full story Source: BBC News, 21 January 2021
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    Concerns about painful hysteroscopy Hysteroscopy is a procedure used as a diagnostic tool to identify the cause of common problems, such as abnormal bleeding, unexplained pain or unusually heavy periods in women. It involves a long, thin tube being passed into the womb, often with little or no anaesthesia. In a blog late last year, we reflected on some key patient safety concerns relating to these procedures in the NHS: Despite a significant number of women who undergo this procedure and experience high levels of pain, in many cases their remains little or no access to pain relief. Recent research, published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, shows that 17.6% of women rate their pain during hysteroscopy as greater than 7/10, and only 7.8% report no pain at all.[2] A growing number of women do not believe they were given sufficient information about this procedure beforehand and were therefore unable to provide informed consent. Patient experiences and concerns are not being adequately captured, recognised or listened to. Some women have been left traumatised by their experience of hysteroscopy, fearful to access further gynaecological investigations or screenings. There are reports that the good practice guidance available from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is not being adhered to.[3] We wrote to several key stakeholders in healthcare across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales highlighting these issues, including Nadine Dorries MP, Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety. Below, we reflect on the response we recently received from her on these issues, in the context of our five calls for action to improve hysteroscopy safety. We have also included our correspondence with her in full at the end of this blog. Nadine Dorries’ response to our five calls to action 1) National guidance for outpatient hysteroscopy to be consistently applied The Minister states her support for the NHS England and NHS Improvement position on this issue, specifically that the information leaflet produced by RCOG and the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy should be provided to all patients prior to their hysteroscopy. While her support for the use of this guidance is welcome, she does not address the problem that, in many cases, this guidance is simply not followed. She also advises that RCOG are now in the process of developing a second edition of its patient leaflet. However, while there remains barriers which may prevent clinicians from using this guidance, or where clinicians may be reluctant to follow the guidance, women will continue to be susceptible to varied standards of NHS hysteroscopy care. 2) Women to be provided with information and advice to inform their consent Nadine Dorries indicates her support that patients are provided with all the information they need prior to hysteroscopy procedures to help inform their consent. As with the previous point regarding the consistent application of the guidance, however the issue remains that support for this in principle does not necessarily translate into the experience of patients undergoing this procedure. We are disappointed that the Minister fails to acknowledge that this remains a significant issue and does not provide any assurance that action will be taken to address a failure of informed consent. 3) Women to be offered and provided with pain relief Her response notes support for women having the choice of a general or regional anaesthetic for the procedure. She also outlines forthcoming changes in the NHS that intend to remove the best practice tariff. This is important as this system has provided a financial incentive for hospital trusts to perform procedures, such as hysteroscopy, as outpatient services without a general anaesthetic, creating a perverse incentive against the use of pain relief. 4) Significant pain to be considered an adverse event and recorded and reported as such and 5) Research to assess the scale of unsafe care and pain, the extent to which women are suffering, and to inform the implementation of national guidelines and the appropriateness of financial incentives without proper safeguards Finally, on the issue of the pain experienced by a significant number of women who undergo a hysteroscopy procedure, in her response the Minister acknowledges that, in cases of severe pain, “it has become clear over the last few years that we can do better in terms of the services we provide for women”. However, on both this and the issue of further research, she does not make any specific commitments on hysteroscopy. Patient Safety Learning believes that significant pain resulting from procedures such as hysteroscopy should be considered as an adverse event, being recorded, reported and responded to appropriately. We also believe that there needs to be specific research into the scale of unsafe care and pain of these procedures. We recently shared a blog on the hub by Dr Richard Harrison, a pain researcher at the University of Reading, reflecting on his recent research on this issue.[4] Improved guidance requires practical implementation While the Department of Health and Social Care shows a clear recognition of concerns about hysteroscopy procedures in the NHS, the Minister’s response is focused on overarching principles and guidance, rather than how this is implemented in practice. We know that many women are still not being offered a choice of pain relief or given adequate information before consenting to the procedure. It remains unclear from this response whether any action will be taken to investigate the prevalence of these experiences and respond accordingly. This is an example of the type of patient safety issue that we believe the recently announced Patient Safety Commissioner for England should investigate, and is something we intend to promote with them when this role is introduced.[5] Patient Safety Learning is working collaboratively with patients, researchers and clinicians to understand the barriers to safe hysteroscopy care. We continue to speak to and support patient groups to help raise awareness of safety concerns and amplify their voices. Our aim is that all patients have access to pain relief and the information they need to properly consent to treatments. Read our initial email to Nadine Dorries MP (also attached) Read Nadine Dorries' full response (also attached) References [1] Patient Safety Learning, Improving hysteroscopy safety, Patient Safety Learning's the hub, 6 November 2020. [2] Harrison, Richard., Kuteesa, William., and Kapila, A, Pain-free day surgery? Evaluating pain and pain assessment during hysteroscopy, British Journal of Anaesthesia, 2020. [3] RCOG, Information for you: Outpatient hysteroscopy, December 2019. [4] Harrison, Richard, Pain free hysteroscopy, Dr Richard Harrison’s website, 2020. [5] Hughes, Helen, Early thoughts on a Patient Safety Commissioner for England (a blog by Helen Hughes, Chief Executive of Patient Safety Learning), Patient Safety Learning’s the hub, 23 December 2020.
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    Doctors and midwives working in maternity services face higher levels of bullying than any other part of the NHS, MPs have been told. According to the General Medical Council, trainee doctors in maternity services report more than twice the level of bullying seen in the rest of the NHS while the Nursing and Midwifery Council said midwives were also more likely to be bullied. MPs on the Commons health select committee heard that the culture in some maternity units was a major barrier to improving safety and tackling poor care. In an evidence session as part of an ongoing inquiry into maternity care, MPs were also warned the lack of properly funded training was forcing some midwives to pay out of their own pocket. The inquiry by the committee was launched last year after repeated maternity scandals at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust and East Kent Hospitals University Trust. Giving evidence to the committee, Charlie Massey, chief executive of the General Medical Council said: “We do see in our data some quite troubling data around bullying." “If you are an obstetrics or gynaecology trainee, we see in our national training survey each year that some 14% report that they have experienced bullying – and that’s against an average for all trainees of 6%. You see more than double the rate of bullying in obstetrics and gynaecology than you do elsewhere.” Read full story Source: The Independent, 20 January 2021
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    As an additional option to the text below, you might like to watch the following short video from Helen Hughes, Patient Safety Learning's Chief Executive. Using our voice to help create awareness and change Part of how we work towards our goals at Patient Safety Learning is by responding to official reports, using our independent voice for patient safety to help raise awareness of key issues and make the case for change. In July, we set out our analysis of the Cumberlege Review, a week after it was first published. We considered the review’s findings and highlighted the key patient safety themes running throughout, many of which were consistent with those found in other patient safety scandals in the last 20 years. We looked at what needs to change to prevent these issues from recurring and made the case that patients should not be asked to ‘join the dots’ for patient safety, concluding that it is “the responsibility of healthcare leaders who must seize this opportunity to drive the changes needed for safer care”. We also published two shorter blogs on our patient safety platform, the hub, looking in more detail at the patient safety issues around informed consent and patient complaints, highlighted by the review. In August, Helen Hughes commented on the Cumberlege Review as part of our ‘2-minute Tuesdays’ series. She said that it identifies the scale and severity of harm to thousands of women and shows patient safety themes going back decades, including those found in the Paterson Report, “another report that is yet to be responded to by the Government”. Helen highlighted that the report not only highlights patient safety issues but also: “equality issues” because women claimed the issues they raised were dismissed as ‘women’s issues’ “issues of failed leadership” with Baroness Cumberlege commenting that the healthcare system, including the NHS, private providers, regulators and professional bodies, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, and policymakers, are “disjointed, siloed, unresponsive and defensive”. Taking steps to ensure action is taken Like many others, we want to see a government response to this report, resulting in actions that will help to create a future where all patients receive safe healthcare. To help make this happen, we have been widely sharing our insights on implications for patient safety raised by this report and are seeking to work with others to ensure that its recommendations are kept on the Government’s agenda. Looking forward We will continue to use the hub to expose health inequalities, provide a public platform to those who have been harmed or dismissed and encourage people to speak up. We will use what we learn to inform the concerns we voice and the actions we take.
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    The number of women involved in an investigation into a consultant gynaecologist who "unnecessarily harmed" patients has risen to 382. University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust has written to another 110 women who were treated by Daniel Hay. Mr Hay is under investigation after eight women treated by him were found to have been "unnecessarily harmed". The latest women have been told there are "no concerns" for their health. Staff at the Royal Derby Hospital raised concerns about the consultant's care in late 2018. An initial review of 58 cases involving Mr Hay identified the eight lapses of care for which he and the trust have apologised. A broader investigation was launched and another 135 women, who had undergone surgery, were contacted to say their care was being reviewed. In September the trust wrote to a further 79 women who had received intermediate care. It has now said 110 more women, all outpatients at Ripley Hospital between April 2017 and July 2018, have now been contacted. Dr Magnus Harrison, executive medical director, said: "We have widened the review to a specific outpatient clinic... to understand the care being provided there. We are doing this proactively, rather than in response to any specific concerns, so that the review is as thorough as possible." "Each of the women have been informed that there are no concerns regarding their current health." Read full story Source: BBC News, 11 December 2020
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    As an additional option to the text below, you might like to watch the following video from Stephanie O'Donohue, Content and Engagement Manager of Patient Safety Learning's the hub: Sharing patients’ experiences on the hub In February this year, we heard from the Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy (CAPH) about the high numbers of women experiencing painful hysteroscopies. This prompted us to start a new Community discussion on our patient safety platform, the hub, titled ‘Painful hysteroscopy’, asking members to share their experiences with us. This has, by far, been the most popular discussion on the hub. To date, there have been close to 100 comments made, over 30 members have contributed to the discussion, and the conversation itself has received nearly 6,000 page views, with people viewing the discussion daily. Engaging with patients, clinicians, researchers and leaders Through our contact with CAPH and hearing from patients, clinicians and researchers on the hub, we’ve identified the main patient safety issues to be around consent, access to pain relief and implementation of guidance. Since identifying these issues, we have written to key political stakeholders, including Nadine Dorries MP, Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, and Jeremy Hunt MP, Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee. More recently, we have made a request for data from the National Reporting and Learning System (the central NHS database for patient safety incident reports) to understand whether the experiences we are hearing about are being accurately captured. We believe patients’ experiences of hysteroscopy should be proactively gathered and used to evidence and inform improvements. Looking forward In 2021, we will continue calling for patients’ experiences of hysteroscopy, and their concerns about this procedure, to be heard and responded to. We want to see systems put in place to support patient safety, and evidence-based conversations occurring between clinicians and patients before procedures take place. These conversations should aim to ensure patients are well-informed of the benefits, risks and alternatives of the procedure, as well as what impact it will have on them if they choose not to proceed. You can read more about the action we believe is needed to address the patient safety issues around painful hysteroscopies.
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    Puberty, birth control and cramps I grew up in Trinidad, in the Caribbean in a very Christian household, and attended religious primary and secondary schools. Sexual and reproductive health was discussed in a functional way in biology class. While we were taught about birth control methods (condoms, IUDs, etc), we were expected to follow the abstinence only path. The shame and stigma around premarital sex meant that a lot of incorrect information was passed from girl to girl. I was one of the lucky ones – my parents provided books, encyclopaedias and, no idea why or how we had them, medical encyclopaedias. From these books I learned about puberty and sexual differentiation With all this book knowledge I felt that I was well prepared for anything puberty threw my way. My first period was met with delight that I was finally a ‘woman’. My second was met with agonising cramps and being told, “stop being a baby, that’s life”. I learned the tricks – sleep on your side to prevent leaking (tampons were not allowed), get a hot water bottle, Buscopan tablets, always having a spare pad, count the days meticulously to avoid being embarrassed. We were taught that cramps were just a way of life and you had to just get on with it. In an all-girl school, period cramps were not considered a good excuse for PE or any physical activity. My period suddenly stopped In my second year of university (my first degree) I took on a very stressful course load and quickly became overwhelmed by the volume of work needing to be submitted every week. The stresses of university life made itself known by my period stopping. By the third month, I realised that something was definitely wrong, and I approached my mother with my concern. As soon as I’d articulated my concern my mother paled and gasped “ARE YOU PREGNANT?!” I was at a loss for words because, while I was in a relationship, it had not progressed to that point and I hadn’t even considered that my mother would think that. I immediately replied “Of course not.” This led to my first gynaecological visit, where my mother’s gynaecologist tried to insist I was pregnant and refused to accept that I wasn’t sexually active at 20. After a negative pregnancy test and a normal examination, they concluded that it was university stress, prescribed me a progesterone pill to restart my period and medication to regulate it. No further investigations were done, and without the knowledge to advocate for myself, I trusted in my doctor that he was right. My boyfriend at the time saw the medication as a gift – I could now safely have sex if I wanted to. I saw it as liberating for different reasons. I could skip a period, I knew exactly when my period would be so I could plan social activities and not be caught out, my periods were now pain-free and very light. I wished I had discovered this pill years before! As a doctor, I thought I knew what to expect with an IUD Six years later, with that relationship ended and me in another country pursuing my medical degree, I was still taking this pill to avoid periods even though I was single. However, with a varying schedule I kept missing my timing for the pill and, during my Obstetrics and Gynaecology rotation, on learning more about the copper Intrauterine device (IUD) I felt that this was a fool-proof method. Having attended clinics, been taught about the insertion of the IUD and having inserted some for patients myself, I felt confident that this was the method for me. How to insert an IUD: A properly sized speculum is inserted and adjusted to bring the cervix into view. A uterine sound is used for measuring to ensure high fundal placement of the copper IUD. The IUD is then placed. If, like me, your uterus is retroflexed, a tenaculum (device with 2 prongs) is used to grasp the cervix and straighten the uterus to avoid perforation. The above information was rattled off many times by doctors and nurses we observed as medical students, and we rattled it off to patients when we were allowed to assist. The other side of the curtain I went into that room thinking I knew everything. I had all the knowledge and experience from books and my teachers. This was going to be quick and easy. I was going to get this done, and re-join my peers for the rest of the day in clinic. The patient experience is definitely weird when you know that tomorrow you are going to come in and be face to face with the nurse who is currently all up in your insides. You try to make conversation and feel less awkward about the discomfort involved in a speculum insertion, you try to follow the instructions to “relax and take deep breaths.” But nothing prepared me for the white-hot searing pain that came after the words, “now you’re going to feel a little pinch.” I screamed. And immediately felt ashamed for it. Because, this is normal, right? This is what many woman go through. Why couldn’t I just grit my teeth and bare it? Why did I have to be so weak? Through clenched teeth I endured the rest of the insertion, got off the table and dressed and stumbled out to the waiting room before collapsing on a chair. My head was spinning, my insides writhed in agony and I couldn’t form words. I was sitting there in my white coat and scrubs and being stared at by all these women in the clinic. My clothes screamed that I was on the other side of this divide, and the curious stares drove me to leave. I stood up and walked out of the clinic and went to the café next door. I quickly realised what a mistake I’d made as I fainted and was luckily caught by a café patron and placed on a chair. A kind lady brought me a drink and sat with me while I waited for the ringing in my head to stop and my vision to return to normal. When I could stand without assistance, I got a taxi home where I got into bed and cried myself to sleep. Normalisation of female pain In the weeks and years that followed that experience, and now as a practicing doctor, I find myself asking, “why do we allow female pain?” Too often female pain is dismissed as ‘normal’ and from an early age we tell girls to accept menstrual cramps. It takes years for an endometriosis diagnosis to be made, all while the girl/woman is going through pain that can be so debilitating that they cannot go to school or work. In medical school and in practice, a lot of stress is placed on testicular pain and definitive treatment as soon as possible to save a testis. Meanwhile, possible ovarian pain/torsion is made to wait. Normalisation and diminishing female pain starts from a young age, and leads to the internalisation and acceptance of this by women. Painful periods, intercourse or just pelvic pain are often dismissed or trivialised as ‘a low pain threshold’, ‘making it up’, ‘excuses’, ‘all in your head’. Women learn to apologise for their pain. I have lost count of the number of women I have seen in the A&E who start off with “I’m sorry to bother you doc, but…”. We need to understand the female anatomy better Medical textbooks abound with descriptions of male anatomy. Journals are filled with erectile dysfunction treatment. For women, the same isn’t true. Prominent obstetric and gynaecological textbooks ignore detailed female anatomy. Illustrations such as this image of the female clitoral anatomy aren’t common in medical textbooks. If, as medical professionals, we don’t know the nerve supply to an area, how can we truly say, “this won’t hurt?” In order to truly understand female pain, we need a better understanding of female anatomy and to stop thinking that if they’re not complaining, it doesn’t hurt. Improving patient knowledge also goes a long way in being able to properly communicate their pain. When a large proportion of women use the word vagina to mean the vulva, it’s difficult to effectively communicate where the pain is. Validating the patient’s experience I don’t have an easy solution, but here’s how I’m combatting it: One of the things I found that made a difference to patients (children to adults) was saying, “I believe you.” Pain is something I can experience, but I cannot see. If someone is telling me they have pain, my job isn’t to judge or dismiss it, it is to try to help to relieve that pain. Starting off a consultation validating your patient’s feelings and pain isn’t hard to do, and makes a world of difference. As medical professionals, we can make the difference for other women and help to champion better responses to female pain. Further reading Is pain a patient safety issue? (Patient Safety Learning, November 2020) ‘Women are being dismissed, disbelieved and shut out’ (Stephanie O'Donohue, November 2020) Gender bias: A threat to women’s health (August 2020) Should mismanaged pain be considered an adverse event? (March 2015) Improving hysteroscopy safety (Patient Safety Learning, November 2020)
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    The link below will take you to all of the associated resources on the THIS.institute website including: Video: Managing obstetric emergencies in women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 COVID-19: Five key goals in managing an obstetric emergency Downloadable poster of the five key goals.
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    Radio 2 episode (1h:09m:42s into the episode) Further reading: BMJ: Vaginal examinations, consent and COVID-19 (May 2020) Birthrights: How to run a safe and rights respecting maternity service during a pandemic
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    The benefits of Continuity of Carer (CoC) within antenatal and postnatal care, and the implications for patient safety are well reported. As a midwife, to know the person from booking to postnatal means I am aware when their mental health may be deteriorating, or when they may be experiencing relationship difficulties. It also makes me feel more confident to challenge situations, including potential safeguarding concerns or welfare issues. If a person trusts in their relationship with their midwife, they are more likely to confide that they are struggling, and we'll be better placed to support their health needs. Supporting people within their wider context Community midwifery is not just caring for a person’s physical needs. It’s knowing their family, their housing situation, their past social history, understanding their vulnerabilities and hearing them when they tell us that something isn’t right – whether that be in relation to their pregnancy, their relationship or their mood. This is incredibly difficult to achieve without CoC and is frustrating for both midwives and pregnant people. Midwives want to offer excellent care and pregnant people deserve excellent care. I recently visited a family who were struggling financially. Although I was aware of their financial predicaments, I had no idea the extent of the issue. I went one afternoon for an antenatal visit. The atmosphere was very tense, and I had heard raised voices upon approaching the house. When I entered the house, their child was crying and shouting, and the parents were distressed. Because of the strength of the relationship we had developed during the pregnancy, I felt able to challenge the couple about what was happening and what I was experiencing with regard to the tension between them. I was informed they had no food and had to get through the weekend with nothing to eat. The mother had been too scared to tell anyone in case her children were taken away from her. This opened up a conversation about their welfare generally and we were able to work together, with other support services, to meet the immediate crisis and attempt to start dealing with the ongoing issues. Monitoring mental health Another person disclosed at booking some historical mental health issues. She had been fine for a few years and had not required treatment recently. During an appointment a few months later, I felt I wasn’t experiencing her like I usually did. It wasn’t anything obvious just a ‘sense’ that she was holding something back. I gently probed her, and she informed me she had been struggling with anxiety in relation to hypervigilance regarding the baby’s movements. We spent some time working on strategies to manage this anxiety and, aware of the clock ticking during a short antenatal appointment, I arranged to see her for a double appointment at my next clinic and referred her to the mental health midwife for ongoing support. In times of loss Something we rarely talk about as midwives is loss. Caring for a family from booking, to finding out the baby had died, to birth and beyond, taught me a lot about the power of CoC. Being present when the couple met their baby and supporting them for as long as they needed postnatally was an enormous privilege. Although challenging because of the depth of grief, knowing I could make a small difference to their experience, because I knew them and they trusted me, meant we were able to discuss very difficult decisions over a cup of tea whilst the other children ran around us bringing a level of normality to a very awful situation. Relationships matter I have received some amazing feedback from families regarding CoC. Recently a woman said that the strength of our relationship was important to her because she trusted my judgement and ability to advocate for her. She said her experience of CoC had made something that was terrifying to her “not so scary”. Thank you cards I have received always comment on the strength of the relationship. Over and above any other element of care a person has received during the pregnancy continuum, the relationship and the patient feeling like I ‘know’ them is what they reflect on when we are saying goodbye (which is the hardest part of this model of care!). As a midwife I get amazing job satisfaction from taking a family from booking to birth to discharge. The privilege of being present during such a life altering time in a family’s life whether it be a first baby or tenth baby, leaves a mark. Every family I look after leaves a footprint. If you'd like to share your thoughts on the Midwifery Continuity of Carer model, you can join the conversation here.
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    C-Diff Dentures in the healthcare setting Discharge instructions Drug allergies End of life care Falls at home Getting the right diagnosis Handwashing Hospital ratings Influenza (the flu) Latex allergies Medical records Medication safety at home Medication safety: Hospital and doctor's office Metric-based patient weights MRI safety MRSA Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) Norovirus (stomach flu) Obstructive sleep apneoa Pneumonia Pressure injuries (bed sores) Sepsis What is an MRI? Wrong-site surgery
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    Lawyers have begun legal action on behalf of 200 UK women against the makers of a sterilisation device, after claims of illness and pain. The device, a small coil called Essure, was implanted to prevent pregnancies. Manufacturer Bayer has already set aside more than $1.6bn (£1.2bn) to settle claims from almost 40,000 women in the US. It has withdrawn the device from the market for commercial reasons but says it stands by its safety and efficacy. The metal coil was inserted into the fallopian tube to cause scarring, blocking the tube and preventing pregnancy. Introduced in 2002, it was promoted as an easy, non-surgical procedure - a new era in sterilisation. But many women who had the device fitted have now either had hysterectomies or are waiting for procedures to remove the device. Tracey Pitcher, who lives in Hampshire, felt she had completed her family and did not want any more children. Her doctor strongly encouraged her to have an Essure device fitted, she says. But after it had been, she began to feel very unwell. "I just started to have heavy periods, migraines, which I had only ever had when I was pregnant so they were hormonal," she says. "My back was so painful I'd wake up crying in the middle of the night with pains in my hips and my back." Tracey says she battled to persuade doctors to take her symptoms seriously. But the only information she received was from a Facebook group. "... there's nobody there, there's no support apart from people that we've found ourselves, no-one will listen, because it's just 'women's things'." Read full story Source: BBC News, 15 November 2020
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    Several NHS trusts are offering a ‘treatment’ for birth trauma which uses a technique which lies outside national guidelines and which is criticised by specialists as potentially causing ‘more harm than good’. The ‘Rewind’ technique is promoted as a fast treatment for post-natal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – also known as birth trauma - which involves the “reprocessing” of painful memories. HSJ has learned of several trusts, including East and North Herts Trust, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust and James Paget University Hospital FT, where the therapy is being offered. It is thought there are other trusts which are providing it or have explored it. Typically, it is provided by midwives who have undergone training in the technique. But Nick Grey, a clinical psychologist who was on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence panel which looked at PTSD, said it was “absolutely clear cut” that it was bad practice to offer the technique as a branded therapy for PTSD, although he said it could be embedded as part of other treatments. He told HSJ: “It should not be offered to mothers with PTSD… they are being done a disservice if they are not given evidence-based treatment. There is no evidence that this [provides] treatment for sub-clinical PTSD or trauma,” he said. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 11 November 2020