Alice said: “I couldn’t think straight, it was a busy day. I was covered in blood and everyone was staring at me. Some people were helping but I was panicking and I didn’t want my two-year-old to get upset.
“I ended up having to get a tram to Queen’s Medical Centre. I was standing in puddles of my own blood and I felt panicked and worried. When I arrived I couldn’t move so I just stood on the tram bridge where a group of staff came to meet me on the bridge.”
She added: “If they’d sent a paramedic car I could have maintained some dignity and caused less anxiety and trauma for the future.
“I struggle to step out of the door now because I don’t feel like I could ever rely on the emergency services again; it has made me so anxious. I know that what I went through is common but I still have to think about this experience if I ever get pregnant again.”
Wendy Hazard, paramedic and ambulance operations manager for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We discussed options with Alice – either wait on scene for an ambulance but without a clear indication as to when it would arrive, or to make her own way to hospital.
“Alice chose to make her own way and described to our control nurse how she would do that. Given all the circumstances, it was mutually agreed that this was deemed to be the best option.”
Alice was in Old Market Square in Nottingham city centre when she began heavily bleeding
“The physical experience of acute pain and heavy vaginal bleeding can also be very difficult to cope with even in a private setting, but if it happens in public, it can be intensely embarrassing.
“She might have hoped that swift care would have meant saving her baby. But even if she knew that one cannot stop the process of miscarriage once it starts, she would have wanted expert help, privacy and practical care.
“Every case is individual, but if 999 told her to get to hospital herself and assuming she’s not physically collapsed, we’d probably suggest: trying to call a friend to take her to hospital; getting a taxi if possible; looking for someone – a woman or police officer – who could assist her or going into a nearby shop with female staff.
“Asking for help is embarrassing but being in a more private space, maybe getting a coat or similar wrapped round her, could have made her feel a little better.
“She might also find someone who would lend her money for a taxi or even go with her.
“She ne kindness and compassion – something that the general public are actually really good at, especially in circumstances like these.”
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