I went for my 20 week ultrasound a few weeks ago. When I was at reception, she asked if some of the information they had on file was still current (address, phone number, etc...) She asked if I still had the same family doctor, and I responded that yes I did, but she neednt send him a copy of the results, as he isn't even aware that I'm pregnant.
She yammered something at me about hospital policy, and I decided to pick my battles & let it lie... that is, until my midwife appointment yesterday, when I realized they HADN'T received the results.
My midwife called the hospital & they faxed it over. Her name wasn't anywhere on the results. The results HAD been sent to my doctor (I've confirmed this with his office) So, yeah. Hospital policy is to NOT send the results to the person who requested them in the first place, and instead send them to someone else entirely?
Okay, so it could have been an honest mistake. Most US results are probably sent to a doctor. However, this is the hospital I will be transferred to, if necessary, during my labour. What if this is a sign of something more? What if there's this general-over-all lack of respect for midwives as proffesionals in this hospital? If the midwife beleives a cesarian is necessary, are they going to take her word for it, and get their asses in gear? Or are they going to hook me up to one of their beep-boopers until it spits out some indication that surgery is necessary? If so , will the time wasted be the difference between life and death? (or some serious trauma?) Midwifery care is supposed to be integrated into the system here (I'm in BC Canada)... but I'm not so sure anymore. What if it's one of those things that just looks good on paper?
I called the hospital this morning. I spoke to the woman in charge of the receptionists. She asked if the receptionist asked for the midwives address (No) and then if I had given her the address without her requesting it... basically blaming ME (no, she HAD the request form IN HER HAND)
She INSISTED that they send the results out to all the doctors (yes, she said DOCTORS) involved in my care (I reiterated that he ISN'T, nor will he be, involved in my care... he doesn't do births) She offered to get the results back from his office, and it became clear that she was missing the point. I told her that I didn't care whether or not my doctor had a copy, I was concerned that my midwife didn't get one, and elaborated a bit on my concern.
She's going to look at the request form. She implied that the midwife probably didn't include an address, or contact (and said that envelopes get seperated from their contents) Regardless, they had my phone number (the receptionist confirmed it with me) and could have gotten it from me, even if they didn't notice until after I left.
She says she's going to get back to me... I'll call her tomorrow. I'm going to request that she fax me a copy of the request form, because I think she's already decided it doesn't have an address on it, and I won't believe her if she says it doesn't. I don't know what else to do though.... besides giving them my optometrist & dentists addresses, and insisting they recieve a copy of the results as well. They are after all, as involved in my care as my doctor, and probably as qualified, when it comes to birth!!
It just sucks that the hospital can do that sort of crap.
~Teresa, raising DS (Jan. 02) and DD1 (Jun. 04) and DD2 (Dec. 11) with DH.