Chadwell Heath woman loses baby after ‘being left in hospital queue’

PUBLISHED: 09:19 30 December 2011

Anu Patel

Anu Patel


An expectant mother ­suffered a miscarriage ­after allegedly being kept standing in A&E for half an hour despite suffering pain and her waters breaking.

Anu Patel, 26, was five months pregnant when she called an ambulance to her Chadwell Heath home on ­December 2.

Although she lives only minutes from King George Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, paramedics told her they had no choice but to take her on a 30-minute journey to Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

When she arrived, Mrs ­Patel says she was forced to wait on foot in a queue of eight patients, who had all arrived by ambulance, but was not given a wheelchair.

She told the Recorder: “I was standing there, leaning against the wall, and then my waters broke.

“But when we made the nurses aware they said ‘are you sure you haven’t wet yourself?’. A paramedic had to have a look and said that my waters had broken.”

Although staff rushed Mrs Patel, of Grove Road, to the gynaecology ward, she says she wasn’t seen by a specialist for another two hours.

He told her she was suffering a late miscarriage and there was nothing that could be done. It is the second time tragedy has struck Mrs Patel and her husband, Rinkal. Three years ago she suffered a ­miscarriage under similar circumstances.

On that occasion she was being taken to Queen’s when her waters broke in the ­ambulance, and she was diverted to King George.

“It was so hard because I knew exactly what was happening to me this time,” she said. “I knew if I got medical attention in time then it might have prevented it [the miscarriage].”

Mrs Patel added: “I was appalled with how they treated me. Having to stand there with my waters broken was just demeaning.” She added the intention to close the A&E and labour ward at King George is “disgusting”.

Medical director Stephen Burgess said: “I am sorry if Mrs Patel faced delays in our emergency department.

“Unfortunately, her ­miscarriage could not have been prevented, but my thoughts are with her at this very difficult time.

“We have not received a complaint from Mrs Patel ­regarding her care, but we would be happy to meet with her to discuss any concerns she may have.”


  • More third world treatment from Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust? I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them.

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    Morris Hickey

    Friday, December 30, 2011

  • I had my second child at Queen's in July 2009 and my third child again at Queen's in September 2011, I was very nervous and concerned due to the negative media coverage but I must've been one of the lucky one's because on both occasions I received very good care and attention from all the staff in the maternity department and that was both pre natal and post natal. My sister in law is expecting her second child and she decided she wants to have her delivery at Queen's as she was with me and was witness to the good care I received.

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    Ms Q

    Sunday, January 1, 2012

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