"Unable to maintain social distancing"
About: South Tyrone Hospital / Radiology South Tyrone Hospital Radiology BT71 4AU
Posted by Innerpeace491 (as ),
I attended for a ct scan at South Tyrone Hospital. I have cancer and was shielding during lock down so was nervous about attending but was reassured by friends and relatives that South Tyrone was a safe hospital.
I entered on my own while my daughter waited in the car. While entering to go to book in the corridors were crowded with so people, many who were not wearing masks. People were less than 1 metre from me in all directions and I had to wait for considerable time to book in for me scan. I could not social distance. The queue of People were also blocking a nurse coming out of what appeared to be an xray room with a lady in a wheelchair.
Whilst queueing, staff brought 4 different patients into an xray room and there was no room for those in the queue and those being called into the room. If only for not having cancer and the importance of my scan I would have left. There were queues for both the casualty and the radiology reception. I was very frightened for my safety and do not feel this is a safe hospital to come to. After checking in I was directed to the ct scan department. The nursing staff in the ct department were friendly and courteous. It was also very busy with people attending for different scans but I was able to maintain social distancing away from people.
The hospital need to do something about how many people there are in the corridors around the casualty and radiology departments. I am too frightened to return in the future unless improvements are made.