Doctors urge patients to try alternative services as numbers attending A&E soar by a third

Stay away from A&E unless it's really an emergency, plead doctors as patient numbers soar

Stay away from A&E unless it's really an emergency, plead doctors as patient numbers soar

First published in News

PRESSURED accident and emergency units in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset are urging patients to consider alternatives to ease “exceptionally high” demand on departments.

The call comes as school holidays arrive and people flock to the area to enjoy the warm weather and beaches.

And as a result of the 'unprecedented pressures', the hospitals are reminding residents of the alternatives to A&E which can provide access to care in the quickest way.

Dr Gary Cumberbatch, consultant in emergency medicine at Poole Hospital, said: “We have been experiencing unprecedented pressures of patient attendance in the emergency department at Poole - as many as 240 people per day, compared to an average of 175.

“We're asking people to make sure they choose the right service when they need care. There are many alternatives to A&E where peoples' health needs may be met more appropriately, and which could offer faster access to care.”

Dr Peter Swallow, consultant in emergency medicine at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, said: “It is a busy time of year for emergency departments and demand on services is currently exceptionally high.

“Our staff are working hard to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care. In order for this be sustained, we need your help.

“We ask that you carefully consider alternatives to attending the emergency department and only attend should you require emergency treatment. This will allow us to focus our resources on the patients who need the most timely emergency care.”

Alternatives include local GPs, the out of hours service, walk in centres, NHS 111 and pharmacies.

Local GP and chair of NHS Dorset CCG, Dr Forbes Watson, said local healthcare services often see an increase in demand during the summer months with people taking time off work and visitors coming to the county.

He added: “It is important that people are aware of all the ways they can get medical advice and support.

“All NHS services have a role and should be used appropriately so unless it is a genuine emergency we would urge people not to call 999 or turn up at accident and emergency departments. If you are visiting the area and are not sure where to get help please call 111 who can advise you accordingly.”

Alternative services:

Seeing your doctor: For medical advice, prescriptions and examinations and for persistent illness. You should be able to get an emergency appointment as soon as possible, Monday to Friday.

GP out of hours service:If your local practice is closed, listen to the answerphone message which should advise you how to contact out of hours services. Advice can also be sought by calling 111 (see below).

Walk-in centre/minor injuries unit (MIU): If you have a minor illness and/or injury such as a scald or sprain that does not require an A&E visit but you can't wait for a GP appointment, visit your nearest walk-in centre. There are centres locally in Boscombe, Blandford, Bridport, Westminster, Wimborne, Weymouth, Sherborne, Portland and Swanage. Visit www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/services/miu for details of your local centre and opening times. Details about the Boscombe and Springbourne Walk-in Centre can be found on www.NWIC.org.uk or by calling 01202 720174.

NHS 111: If you are unsure of your symptoms and want expert advice, dial 111. The service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the call is free. You will be assessed and advised on the best course of action to take and whether or not you need to seek professional help.

Pharmacy: Pharmacies offer more than prescriptions. They can advise on bugs and viruses, coughs and colds, aches and pains, tummy upsets and allergies.

A&E or 999: For anything that is classed as an emergency including choking, chest pain, loss of consciousness, severe blood loss, broken bones, difficulty breathing, deep wounds, or a suspected stroke.

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8:14am Fri 25 Jul 14

we-shall-see says...

Perhaps if they start issuing fines for those who waste A&E time by attending with minor illnesses or things that could and *should* have been dealt with by GP etc, people might start to respect the A&E is for EMERGENCIES, not minor cuts, bruises or common colds and viruses etc
Perhaps if they start issuing fines for those who waste A&E time by attending with minor illnesses or things that could and *should* have been dealt with by GP etc, people might start to respect the A&E is for EMERGENCIES, not minor cuts, bruises or common colds and viruses etc we-shall-see
  • Score: 55

10:57am Fri 25 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Trouble is, most people seem to find getting an appointment to see a GP virtually impossible. Perhaps if we had more GPs, there'd be less pressure on A+E for minor cases? I know people who have phoned their doctor's surgery every morning for over a week and not been able to get booked in!
Trouble is, most people seem to find getting an appointment to see a GP virtually impossible. Perhaps if we had more GPs, there'd be less pressure on A+E for minor cases? I know people who have phoned their doctor's surgery every morning for over a week and not been able to get booked in! speedy231278
  • Score: 43

11:02am Fri 25 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

What's the average wait in A&E now?
Many moons ago it was 4-5 hours at Poole.

I'm sure lots of local peeps would enjoy sharing the waiting room in Boscomb's walk in centre with someone from rehab going cold turkey.

I'd rather wait 4-5 hours in A&E.
What's the average wait in A&E now? Many moons ago it was 4-5 hours at Poole. I'm sure lots of local peeps would enjoy sharing the waiting room in Boscomb's walk in centre with someone from rehab going cold turkey. I'd rather wait 4-5 hours in A&E. BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

12:20pm Fri 25 Jul 14

spooki says...

If I need to see a GP I'm looking at a 5 day wait. I wouldn't go to A&E instead unless it was really bad but I know some people do for colds and such! Those and self inflicted problems like drunks are the ones wasting time.
If I need to see a GP I'm looking at a 5 day wait. I wouldn't go to A&E instead unless it was really bad but I know some people do for colds and such! Those and self inflicted problems like drunks are the ones wasting time. spooki
  • Score: 14

12:59pm Fri 25 Jul 14

High Treason says...

£20 a visit and only those with a real injury would go. The NHS is abused because it is free to many.
£20 a visit and only those with a real injury would go. The NHS is abused because it is free to many. High Treason
  • Score: 25

1:08pm Fri 25 Jul 14

rob.carter says...

My doctors is a week for an appointment maybe start charging if you don't reside in the Dorset area or maybe get the nhs up to date and employ more doctors nurses gps rather than office staff
My doctors is a week for an appointment maybe start charging if you don't reside in the Dorset area or maybe get the nhs up to date and employ more doctors nurses gps rather than office staff rob.carter
  • Score: 10

1:13pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Lord Parkstone says...

Maybe if overpaid GP's actually did some work and actually saw patients then A&E wouldn't be continually swamped with minor ailments. Not so long ago GP's did 2 surgeries a day no appointment required and would do house calls in between along with being on an on call rota. Medicines weren't the same as they are now. Progress? I think not.
Maybe if overpaid GP's actually did some work and actually saw patients then A&E wouldn't be continually swamped with minor ailments. Not so long ago GP's did 2 surgeries a day no appointment required and would do house calls in between along with being on an on call rota. Medicines weren't the same as they are now. Progress? I think not. Lord Parkstone
  • Score: 4

1:25pm Fri 25 Jul 14

rahopinions says...

I suggest that minor injuries in Boscombe/Springbourn
e are restricted to weekends, as this centre only works on Saturdays and Sundays.

Yet another failure of the Echo to do anything other than reproduce a Press Release (which, in itself, seems to be generated by a NHS person who does not know about local services. Tut!).
I suggest that minor injuries in Boscombe/Springbourn e are restricted to weekends, as this centre only works on Saturdays and Sundays. Yet another failure of the Echo to do anything other than reproduce a Press Release (which, in itself, seems to be generated by a NHS person who does not know about local services. Tut!). rahopinions
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Pink lady33 says...

The way my freinds nan was treat on Wednesday in there was disgusting. As a result of this a lot of her family didn't get to say goodbye before she sadly passed away. The staff didn't even know she had died until we asked them to come and check on her. Absolutely disgusted!!!!!
The way my freinds nan was treat on Wednesday in there was disgusting. As a result of this a lot of her family didn't get to say goodbye before she sadly passed away. The staff didn't even know she had died until we asked them to come and check on her. Absolutely disgusted!!!!! Pink lady33
  • Score: -13

2:25pm Fri 25 Jul 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Pink lady33 wrote:
The way my freinds nan was treat on Wednesday in there was disgusting. As a result of this a lot of her family didn't get to say goodbye before she sadly passed away. The staff didn't even know she had died until we asked them to come and check on her. Absolutely disgusted!!!!!
That is horrendous. I'm sure the powers that be will issue a pointless apology and change nothing. Maybe when things settle the fmaily should conact the CQC as clearly nothing is changing
[quote][p][bold]Pink lady33[/bold] wrote: The way my freinds nan was treat on Wednesday in there was disgusting. As a result of this a lot of her family didn't get to say goodbye before she sadly passed away. The staff didn't even know she had died until we asked them to come and check on her. Absolutely disgusted!!!!![/p][/quote]That is horrendous. I'm sure the powers that be will issue a pointless apology and change nothing. Maybe when things settle the fmaily should conact the CQC as clearly nothing is changing bobthedestroyer
  • Score: -4

2:27pm Fri 25 Jul 14

bobthedestroyer says...

I think most people don't want to go to A&E but as it is **** near impossible to see your GP what choice to people have. Every single time I have called 101 out of hours wheter it is for me, my wife or daughter we get sent down to A&E. So I try and avoid going but get told to go, either I ignore the expert advice or go.
I think most people don't want to go to A&E but as it is **** near impossible to see your GP what choice to people have. Every single time I have called 101 out of hours wheter it is for me, my wife or daughter we get sent down to A&E. So I try and avoid going but get told to go, either I ignore the expert advice or go. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 5

6:06pm Fri 25 Jul 14

LJT1966 says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Trouble is, most people seem to find getting an appointment to see a GP virtually impossible. Perhaps if we had more GPs, there'd be less pressure on A+E for minor cases? I know people who have phoned their doctor's surgery every morning for over a week and not been able to get booked in!
450 less GP's graduating this year and the figures are dropping yearly. Can't really blame people for not wanting it as a career what with all the negative press. I work in a GP surgery and always people say I will go to A&E if I can't get appointment. Maybe they should be fined. It's called Accident and Emergency for a reason!!!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Trouble is, most people seem to find getting an appointment to see a GP virtually impossible. Perhaps if we had more GPs, there'd be less pressure on A+E for minor cases? I know people who have phoned their doctor's surgery every morning for over a week and not been able to get booked in![/p][/quote]450 less GP's graduating this year and the figures are dropping yearly. Can't really blame people for not wanting it as a career what with all the negative press. I work in a GP surgery and always people say I will go to A&E if I can't get appointment. Maybe they should be fined. It's called Accident and Emergency for a reason!!! LJT1966
  • Score: 9

6:48pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Kieran S says...

I had to wait over a week for a doctors appointment recently. I was suffering from a neck injury and as a young person I assume that's one of the more urgent issues they have to deal with. If people are being asked to wait weeks, no wonder they end up in A&E.
I had to wait over a week for a doctors appointment recently. I was suffering from a neck injury and as a young person I assume that's one of the more urgent issues they have to deal with. If people are being asked to wait weeks, no wonder they end up in A&E. Kieran S
  • Score: 0

10:19pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Abc1970 says...

A&E stands for ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY not ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. So you can't see your GP for a week, that does not make your hurty finger an emergency. If you've had diarrhoea for 24 hours, it is not life threatening. If your child fell over yesterday and you feel they should be 'checked over' perhaps you should ask yourself WHY? The Emergency departments are at breaking point as well as the ambulance service so why do people keep abusing it even more, and then moan that its taking too long. I know of somebody who sprained his wrist, he waited 6 days before going to ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY at 10pm because he wanted it checked out as it was still hurting. He then spent the night posting on Facebook about how long it was taking and how disgusting it was that he should be made to wait. People forget that the longer the wait in A&E the better. People who are really ill get seen quickest, people who are wasting time with trivial minor ailments will be left waiting and so they should. People must start taking responsibility for themselves and stop just expecting everyone else to do it for them. NHS Choices website is great, pharmacists are medical professionals or there is always good old common sense, something that most people this day in age lack!
A&E stands for ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY not ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. So you can't see your GP for a week, that does not make your hurty finger an emergency. If you've had diarrhoea for 24 hours, it is not life threatening. If your child fell over yesterday and you feel they should be 'checked over' perhaps you should ask yourself WHY? The Emergency departments are at breaking point as well as the ambulance service so why do people keep abusing it even more, and then moan that its taking too long. I know of somebody who sprained his wrist, he waited 6 days before going to ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY at 10pm because he wanted it checked out as it was still hurting. He then spent the night posting on Facebook about how long it was taking and how disgusting it was that he should be made to wait. People forget that the longer the wait in A&E the better. People who are really ill get seen quickest, people who are wasting time with trivial minor ailments will be left waiting and so they should. People must start taking responsibility for themselves and stop just expecting everyone else to do it for them. NHS Choices website is great, pharmacists are medical professionals or there is always good old common sense, something that most people this day in age lack! Abc1970
  • Score: 51

3:48am Sat 26 Jul 14

billd766 says...

How strange the UK is now. I live in Thailand in a rual area and the "big" village 6 km away of perhaps 4 or 5,000 people including the smaller villages around has 4 doctors surgeries and I have never waited more than a couple of hours to see the doctor. There is also a government health clinic and 15 km away is the local hospital with beds for 50 or 60 people. Further away at 65 km there are at least 2 big hospitals. Local Thais pay about 60p per visit plus the cost of the medicines and if the local hospital cannot fix you then for the same cost you are transferred to bigger hospitals.
How strange the UK is now. I live in Thailand in a rual area and the "big" village 6 km away of perhaps 4 or 5,000 people including the smaller villages around has 4 doctors surgeries and I have never waited more than a couple of hours to see the doctor. There is also a government health clinic and 15 km away is the local hospital with beds for 50 or 60 people. Further away at 65 km there are at least 2 big hospitals. Local Thais pay about 60p per visit plus the cost of the medicines and if the local hospital cannot fix you then for the same cost you are transferred to bigger hospitals. billd766
  • Score: 4

6:27am Sat 26 Jul 14

High Treason says...

rob.carter wrote:
My doctors is a week for an appointment maybe start charging if you don't reside in the Dorset area or maybe get the nhs up to date and employ more doctors nurses gps rather than office staff
I can see a doctor within hours if required. Maybe it is because the practice know I only ever go if really necessary. I get fantastic service and they deserve every penny they get. Try diagnosing a patient every 10 minutes without making mistakes.
[quote][p][bold]rob.carter[/bold] wrote: My doctors is a week for an appointment maybe start charging if you don't reside in the Dorset area or maybe get the nhs up to date and employ more doctors nurses gps rather than office staff[/p][/quote]I can see a doctor within hours if required. Maybe it is because the practice know I only ever go if really necessary. I get fantastic service and they deserve every penny they get. Try diagnosing a patient every 10 minutes without making mistakes. High Treason
  • Score: 9

9:16am Sat 26 Jul 14

Kieran S says...

High Treason wrote:
rob.carter wrote:
My doctors is a week for an appointment maybe start charging if you don't reside in the Dorset area or maybe get the nhs up to date and employ more doctors nurses gps rather than office staff
I can see a doctor within hours if required. Maybe it is because the practice know I only ever go if really necessary. I get fantastic service and they deserve every penny they get. Try diagnosing a patient every 10 minutes without making mistakes.
"Try diagnosing a patient every 10 minutes without making mistakes." If a maths teacher made a mistake every 10 minutes they would be fired, if a banker made a bad investment every 10 minutes they would be sacked. Why do different rules apply to dr's?
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rob.carter[/bold] wrote: My doctors is a week for an appointment maybe start charging if you don't reside in the Dorset area or maybe get the nhs up to date and employ more doctors nurses gps rather than office staff[/p][/quote]I can see a doctor within hours if required. Maybe it is because the practice know I only ever go if really necessary. I get fantastic service and they deserve every penny they get. Try diagnosing a patient every 10 minutes without making mistakes.[/p][/quote]"Try diagnosing a patient every 10 minutes without making mistakes." If a maths teacher made a mistake every 10 minutes they would be fired, if a banker made a bad investment every 10 minutes they would be sacked. Why do different rules apply to dr's? Kieran S
  • Score: -7

6:49pm Sat 26 Jul 14

ashleycross says...

Perhaps fat people who go out in the sun at midday without a hat should be charged for being admitted to casualty for being so stupid, especially the ones old enough to know better. There are plenty of people ill through no fault of their own needing the NHS without these idiots cluttering up casualty with their sunstroke, dehydration and palpitations.
Perhaps fat people who go out in the sun at midday without a hat should be charged for being admitted to casualty for being so stupid, especially the ones old enough to know better. There are plenty of people ill through no fault of their own needing the NHS without these idiots cluttering up casualty with their sunstroke, dehydration and palpitations. ashleycross
  • Score: -3

8:36pm Sat 26 Jul 14

misplacedspaniard says...

High Treason wrote:
£20 a visit and only those with a real injury would go. The NHS is abused because it is free to many.
No, the NHS is not 'free to many' we pay for it through our national insurance contributions.

Maybe if gp surgeries didn't just cater for elderly people and were open on weekends then a&e wouldn't be at breaking point? Just a thought.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: £20 a visit and only those with a real injury would go. The NHS is abused because it is free to many.[/p][/quote]No, the NHS is not 'free to many' we pay for it through our national insurance contributions. Maybe if gp surgeries didn't just cater for elderly people and were open on weekends then a&e wouldn't be at breaking point? Just a thought. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: -9

8:53pm Sat 26 Jul 14

cromwell9 says...

It will only get worse ,if we stay in the EU,
I will say no more .We all know where I am coming from .
Vote UKIP and get your Doctor/Housing/schoo
l/JOBS/ and our boarders back .
It would be nice to live in a christian country again .A pub a pint ,and a smoke iff you want one .
Sorry I was Dreaming there,Just woke up to reality,Its all about to disapear in the next 30 yrs .BLIMEY.
It will only get worse ,if we stay in the EU, I will say no more .We all know where I am coming from . Vote UKIP and get your Doctor/Housing/schoo l/JOBS/ and our boarders back . It would be nice to live in a christian country again .A pub a pint ,and a smoke iff you want one . Sorry I was Dreaming there,Just woke up to reality,Its all about to disapear in the next 30 yrs .BLIMEY. cromwell9
  • Score: -6

12:11pm Sun 27 Jul 14

ifucantbeatemjoinem says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
I think most people don't want to go to A&E but as it is **** near impossible to see your GP what choice to people have. Every single time I have called 101 out of hours wheter it is for me, my wife or daughter we get sent down to A&E. So I try and avoid going but get told to go, either I ignore the expert advice or go.
maybe you would get a better response by dialling 111 then. People tend to exaggerate their symptoms to 111 to try to make sure they get the response they want and not necessarily the one they need. Sorry if this sounds negative but if people accepted that alternatives to A & E were suitable for them - i.e. talking to your pharmacist, seeing ANY doctor at your surgery rather than demanding a specific one - and giving realistic info to 111 then maybe you would not be referred to A & E and then the staff there could look after the real patients in a timely and proficient manner. Also the foreign student schools need to get real and stop taking people there who have sneezed twice in a fortnight and believe they are contracting something life lasting.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: I think most people don't want to go to A&E but as it is **** near impossible to see your GP what choice to people have. Every single time I have called 101 out of hours wheter it is for me, my wife or daughter we get sent down to A&E. So I try and avoid going but get told to go, either I ignore the expert advice or go.[/p][/quote]maybe you would get a better response by dialling 111 then. People tend to exaggerate their symptoms to 111 to try to make sure they get the response they want and not necessarily the one they need. Sorry if this sounds negative but if people accepted that alternatives to A & E were suitable for them - i.e. talking to your pharmacist, seeing ANY doctor at your surgery rather than demanding a specific one - and giving realistic info to 111 then maybe you would not be referred to A & E and then the staff there could look after the real patients in a timely and proficient manner. Also the foreign student schools need to get real and stop taking people there who have sneezed twice in a fortnight and believe they are contracting something life lasting. ifucantbeatemjoinem
  • Score: 3

3:19pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Hobie18007 says...

Panton Practice in Charminster is a 2 week wait to see a doc!! So if I have a medical complaint, then I have to wait this long to be seen. Ridiculous! Never had this problem before all the immigrants signed up there. Angry and disgruntled!!
Panton Practice in Charminster is a 2 week wait to see a doc!! So if I have a medical complaint, then I have to wait this long to be seen. Ridiculous! Never had this problem before all the immigrants signed up there. Angry and disgruntled!! Hobie18007
  • Score: 2

4:17pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

cromwell9 wrote:
It will only get worse ,if we stay in the EU,
I will say no more .We all know where I am coming from .
Vote UKIP and get your Doctor/Housing/schoo

l/JOBS/ and our boarders back .
It would be nice to live in a christian country again .A pub a pint ,and a smoke iff you want one .
Sorry I was Dreaming there,Just woke up to reality,Its all about to disapear in the next 30 yrs .BLIMEY.
hear hear !

we need Werthers Originals to be on the NHS, pipe smoking to be compulsory for boys over the age of 14 and the wearing of blazers and a regimental tie obligatory for all men over the age of 45, and make sure they have their white socks fully pulled up in the summer

Enid Blyton should be on the school curriculum and assembly at school should begin with a playing of the Coronation Scot, with hypocricy being taught at school to every age groupl

............starting with Farage's £2m he has trousered from the EU
[quote][p][bold]cromwell9[/bold] wrote: It will only get worse ,if we stay in the EU, I will say no more .We all know where I am coming from . Vote UKIP and get your Doctor/Housing/schoo l/JOBS/ and our boarders back . It would be nice to live in a christian country again .A pub a pint ,and a smoke iff you want one . Sorry I was Dreaming there,Just woke up to reality,Its all about to disapear in the next 30 yrs .BLIMEY.[/p][/quote]hear hear ! we need Werthers Originals to be on the NHS, pipe smoking to be compulsory for boys over the age of 14 and the wearing of blazers and a regimental tie obligatory for all men over the age of 45, and make sure they have their white socks fully pulled up in the summer Enid Blyton should be on the school curriculum and assembly at school should begin with a playing of the Coronation Scot, with hypocricy being taught at school to every age groupl ............starting with Farage's £2m he has trousered from the EU Bob49
  • Score: -2

9:15am Mon 28 Jul 14

60plus says...

I had to wait three hours to see a doctor in A&E,there was only one doctor on duty who kept getting called away,maybe they need more doctors on duty.
I had to wait three hours to see a doctor in A&E,there was only one doctor on duty who kept getting called away,maybe they need more doctors on duty. 60plus
  • Score: -4

9:52am Mon 28 Jul 14

ifucantbeatemjoinem says...

60plus wrote:
I had to wait three hours to see a doctor in A&E,there was only one doctor on duty who kept getting called away,maybe they need more doctors on duty.
If you REALLY need to be in A & E the length of time you wait to see a doctor is irrelevant. Why do people feel the need to clock watch when they are there?
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: I had to wait three hours to see a doctor in A&E,there was only one doctor on duty who kept getting called away,maybe they need more doctors on duty.[/p][/quote]If you REALLY need to be in A & E the length of time you wait to see a doctor is irrelevant. Why do people feel the need to clock watch when they are there? ifucantbeatemjoinem
  • Score: 7

2:22pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Maybe people could be given tax breaks and the NHS start charging for A and E admissions. See the numbers suddenly drop...
Maybe people could be given tax breaks and the NHS start charging for A and E admissions. See the numbers suddenly drop... Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 0

3:26pm Mon 28 Jul 14

60plus says...

That is the first time I had attended the hospital in over 20years,I paid my taxes and insurance for over 55years and I still consider over 3hours to long when you are in pain,so get off your high horse.
That is the first time I had attended the hospital in over 20years,I paid my taxes and insurance for over 55years and I still consider over 3hours to long when you are in pain,so get off your high horse. 60plus
  • Score: -4

11:10am Tue 29 Jul 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

60plus wrote:
That is the first time I had attended the hospital in over 20years,I paid my taxes and insurance for over 55years and I still consider over 3hours to long when you are in pain,so get off your high horse.
Clearly not an emergency then.
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: That is the first time I had attended the hospital in over 20years,I paid my taxes and insurance for over 55years and I still consider over 3hours to long when you are in pain,so get off your high horse.[/p][/quote]Clearly not an emergency then. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 0

6:25pm Tue 29 Jul 14

MrsF82 says...

Abc1970 wrote:
A&E stands for ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY not ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. So you can't see your GP for a week, that does not make your hurty finger an emergency. If you've had diarrhoea for 24 hours, it is not life threatening. If your child fell over yesterday and you feel they should be 'checked over' perhaps you should ask yourself WHY? The Emergency departments are at breaking point as well as the ambulance service so why do people keep abusing it even more, and then moan that its taking too long. I know of somebody who sprained his wrist, he waited 6 days before going to ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY at 10pm because he wanted it checked out as it was still hurting. He then spent the night posting on Facebook about how long it was taking and how disgusting it was that he should be made to wait. People forget that the longer the wait in A&E the better. People who are really ill get seen quickest, people who are wasting time with trivial minor ailments will be left waiting and so they should. People must start taking responsibility for themselves and stop just expecting everyone else to do it for them. NHS Choices website is great, pharmacists are medical professionals or there is always good old common sense, something that most people this day in age lack!
The problem with this comment is that your friend used A&E correctly. I have a permanently damaged ankle after a GP told me it was only sprained - if I hadn't listened to all the stuff about not going to A&E and I'd actually gone for an X-ray.

I have an incurable condition which took 9 years to diagnose. Do you know why? Because I kept going to the GP and being fobbed off. Two hospital admissions after passing out with pain and I had surgery and was diagnosed.

I've had multiple emergency admissions under similar circumstances where paramedics have openly told me I'm wasting their time despite slipping in and out of consciousness and requiring high doses of morphine to get my pain under control. One time I has developed pancreatitis and the paramedic mocked me... Until I accidentally projectile vomited all over him.

The problem with this kind of attitude is that decent people are concerned about abusing A&E and don't go when they should. One couple recently lost their child after multiple trips to inattentive out of hours doctors.

We do pay for the NHS, and we deserve decent treatment. You can't start charging arbitrarily for healthcare, because then those who can't afford it won't go, and people will die.
[quote][p][bold]Abc1970[/bold] wrote: A&E stands for ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY not ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. So you can't see your GP for a week, that does not make your hurty finger an emergency. If you've had diarrhoea for 24 hours, it is not life threatening. If your child fell over yesterday and you feel they should be 'checked over' perhaps you should ask yourself WHY? The Emergency departments are at breaking point as well as the ambulance service so why do people keep abusing it even more, and then moan that its taking too long. I know of somebody who sprained his wrist, he waited 6 days before going to ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY at 10pm because he wanted it checked out as it was still hurting. He then spent the night posting on Facebook about how long it was taking and how disgusting it was that he should be made to wait. People forget that the longer the wait in A&E the better. People who are really ill get seen quickest, people who are wasting time with trivial minor ailments will be left waiting and so they should. People must start taking responsibility for themselves and stop just expecting everyone else to do it for them. NHS Choices website is great, pharmacists are medical professionals or there is always good old common sense, something that most people this day in age lack![/p][/quote]The problem with this comment is that your friend used A&E correctly. I have a permanently damaged ankle after a GP told me it was only sprained - if I hadn't listened to all the stuff about not going to A&E and I'd actually gone for an X-ray. I have an incurable condition which took 9 years to diagnose. Do you know why? Because I kept going to the GP and being fobbed off. Two hospital admissions after passing out with pain and I had surgery and was diagnosed. I've had multiple emergency admissions under similar circumstances where paramedics have openly told me I'm wasting their time despite slipping in and out of consciousness and requiring high doses of morphine to get my pain under control. One time I has developed pancreatitis and the paramedic mocked me... Until I accidentally projectile vomited all over him. The problem with this kind of attitude is that decent people are concerned about abusing A&E and don't go when they should. One couple recently lost their child after multiple trips to inattentive out of hours doctors. We do pay for the NHS, and we deserve decent treatment. You can't start charging arbitrarily for healthcare, because then those who can't afford it won't go, and people will die. MrsF82
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