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  1. News Article
    Women who underwent damaging surgery in Irish hospitals have accused health authorities of dragging them into a "nightmare" of "gaslighting, ignorance and disrespect". Having had vaginal mesh implants, the women told an Oireachtas committee that they were "maimed" and then led on "a fool's errand" when they sought support from the HSE. The Health Committee heard from members of Mesh Ireland and Mesh Survivors Ireland who represent around 750 women. While the HSE said that it would be "extremely difficult" to provide accurate figures, it estimates that around 10,000 women had thi
  2. Content Article
    The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review, led by Baroness Julia Cumberlege, examined how the healthcare system in England responded to reports about harmful side effects of medicines and medical devices, focusing on three specific interventions: hormone pregnancy tests, sodium valproate and pelvic mesh implants. These interventions have resulted in a truly shocking degree of avoidable harm to patients over a period of decades. One of the Review’s patient safety recommendations was to create a database for all implantable medical devices. The Review in its findin
  3. Community Post
    The comments below were all shared by members of Sling the Mesh and other mesh Facebook support groups in response to a call for the worst things that have been said to patients on their mesh journey. If you have had mesh surgery, please add your accounts of interactions with doctors and other healthcare professionals in this thread. Transvaginal mesh Hubby said "It’s really painful for her when we have sex." Dr replied, "Have you tried anal?" and then winked at my hubby. I thought my husband was going to punch the surgeon. My surgeon emailed me to attend mental well being t
  4. News Article
    More than 200 women were harmed when a rogue surgeon carried out operations on them unnecessarily, an NHS inquiry has found. Some of the women were left with life-changing physical problems or unable to work, while many also suffered trauma and serious psychological harm as a result. Overall, 203 women on whom Anthony Dixon performed procedures between 2007 and 2017 came to harm, according to a review by the North Bristol NHS trust (NBT). Dixon, who for years was Britain’s most influential pelvic surgeon, worked for both the trust and the private Spire hospital in the city. In 2
  5. Event
    For the first time, RCOG World Congress will be an innovative and inclusive hybrid event, held simultaneously in London and online. To ensure we continue to support healthcare professionals at all stages across the globe, we wanted to provide a format accessible to all. Our hybrid event will feature a 350 in-person face-to-face event at the RCOG’s headquarters in Union Street, London and a state-of-the-art virtual experience available to all. Both will be linked using our virtual event platform and Congress app for networking, 121 meetings, Q&A, polling and live reactions. F
  6. Content Article
    In 2005, while in a consultation about an unrelated problem, my gynaecologist asked me whether I ever experienced incontinence. When I said that occasionally I did, very slightly, while exercising, he suggested I have a transvaginal mesh inserted while I was having a coil fitted. It would “future proof” me against incontinence and I would be in and out of hospital in a day. So without thinking much of it, I agreed to the surgery. That was a mistake that I have bitterly regretted for the past 17 years; I have never been well since I had that surgery. Straight afterwards, I had a UTI, the
  7. Content Article
    Key themes raised in the evidence include: Menstrual health and gynaecological conditions, including period poverty and the impact of menstruation on everyday life, whether or not it is painful and heavy. Sexual health and contraception, including barriers to accessing information for particular groups of women and geographical variation in the commissioning of services. Fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and maternal health, including lack of information about factors affecting fertility and options for treatment. Variations in access to IVF were also raised, as well as
  8. Content Article
    The report covers the following topics: The state of the UK gynaecology waiting list The impact of gynaecology waiting lists The challenge ahead It makes the following recommendations to ensure the effective and equitable recovery of elective gynaecology services: Prioritisation of care as part of NHS recovery must look beyond clinical need to also consider the wider impacts on patients waiting for care. There needs to be a shift in the way gynaecology is prioritised as a specialty across the health service. This must also include action to move away fro
  9. Content Article
    Recommendations Informed consent for anaesthesia for caesarean section requires an explanation of neuraxial techniques and general anaesthesia. For neuraxial techniques, discuss the planned level of block and how it will be tested, the sensations that should be expected with an effective block, the possibility of pain and the potential ways of treating it, including general anaesthesia. For non-elective caesarean section, the discussion should include any potential fetal risks arising from the time taken to deliver the possible modes of anaesthesia. Use a recognised te
  10. Content Article
    The focus of CORESS is on detecting and learning from no-harm, near-miss and low harm events encountered during routine surgical practice. The programme collects reports of such events, analyses them and disseminates the learning contained within them to a wide surgical audience and other agencies involved in Patient Safety matters. These events are known collectively as ‘Accident Precursor Events’ or simply ‘Precursors’. See previous reports below. Summer 2021 - Unrecognised limb ischemia following trauma, differences of opinion in management for tongue laceration, lack of communica
  11. Content Article
    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. Concerns about painful hysteroscopy Patients, patient groups and politicians have raised serious safety concerns about outpatient hysteroscopy procedures for several years, highlighting cases of avoidable harm. Some women have described how the lack of forewarning, coupled with the trauma of the experience itself, lef
  12. News Article
    It has been nine years living “like a prisoner” in “excruciating” pain and Kate is still facing a wait for surgery to tackle the horrifying mistakes in her postnatal care. Despite a difficult birth at Leeds General Hospital, Kate described the atmosphere at the trust’s labour ward as “lovely”. However, her experience quickly deteriorated into “hell” after she was told she had third-degree tears and was admitted to a postnatal ward, describing the care she received as “awful”. A few days following her discharge, which occurred before she’d had a bowel movement, Kate said she was
  13. News Article
    The NHS has abandoned targets that encouraged hospitals to pursue “normal births”, over fears for the safety of mothers and babies. Maternity units were told in a letter to stop using caesarean section rates to assess their performance. It comes after repeated scandals in maternity units, blamed in part on a focus on pursuing natural births at the expense of safety. The letter from Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, NHS England’s chief midwife, and Dr Matthew Jolly, the national clinical director for maternity, instructed “all maternity services to stop using total caesarean section rates as a