Saturday, July 30, 2011

Air Ambulance lands at the hospital. Otherwise quiet afternoon and a few onlookers return indoors to where the action is.

A toddler goes to the big local hospital and waits four and a half hours in the waiting room then waits three hours to see a doctor in A & E and is then moved to the hospital ward.  At least it was not into a bed in a corridor.   We know such as this is not for the faint hearted.  We cannot expect the impossible and are fortunate and this is not a complaint about delays but those officials who boast of improved waiting times in emergency departments need a reality check.
Update: the above times are inaccurate and somewhat overdone due to confusion about the waiting time as a total. In all, a morning spent waiting at the G P, then diagnostic tests, then in the afternoon, turning to hospital care and eventual admission very late at night - all of which is fairly usual.  

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