Karen Higgins, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
‘The doctor was scary and he wasn’t very friendly. He didn’t take my feelings into consideration and he treated me more as an object than a person.’
‘Jayme-Leigh’, whose real name has not been used, was left feeling vulnerable following an intimate examination by hospital staff when she was younger.
The 18-year-old now wants medical professionals to recognise when a young patient feels scared and to do more to make the experience less intimidating for them.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Central on Thursday 12th November.
‘When I was nine I became incontinent and my GP sent me and my parents to the hospital where they ended up just putting it down as attention seeking,’ explains Jayme-Leigh, who's from the West Midlands.
‘When young people seek advice they need to treat them with the respect and dignity that they treat adults with.
‘Health care professionals need to realise that the experience can be quite scary for children.
‘I was so embarrassed about what happened. It made me feel anxious and worthless.’