Following medical advice I was asked to check in at Craigavon A@E.
I immediately informed them i was Covid positive and thought I would be placed in an isolation area and fast tracked to reduce any chance of transmission to other patients.
Instead, I was told to take a seat in the same waiting area as everyone else. I double checked this.
After registration I tried to distance myself from other patients resorting to telling them I was Covid positive. I found the whole experience embarrassing, I was coughing and afraid of spreading this disease among the other patients . I had to tell two ladies who pushed their vulnerable eldery mothers too close to me that I had Covid. There was no other way.
I shouldn’t have had to explain to other patients I was Covid positive in an environment which prides itself on confidentially but felt I had to try and keep them safe.
Not once during my stay in A@E did I see anyone disinfect anything.
Finally after various tests and a chest x-ray I was prescribed with an antibiotic and was told, wait for it,
To go home and self isolate.
I just spent seven hours, in a hospital, were my Covid19 was taken with no concern at all and I'm told to isolate when I got back home..
How many people could I have infected during my stay?
Even if one got infected through sitting were i sat is unforgivable. Multiply that by how many Covid patients go through A@E and the numbers could be mind boggling.
I live in the country, I could go for a walk, if I was fit too, and meet no-one.
Instead I'm locked away in my bedroom, food placed outside my door, no contact with loved ones and use my phone mostly to text them as talking can be difficult.
This is a small price to pay to ensure I do not infect my wife or children, when you consider what price some people have already paid.
"I was told to take a seat in the same area as everyone else"
About: Craigavon Area Hospital / Emergency Department Craigavon Area Hospital Emergency Department BT63 5QQ
Posted by Mercarri (as ),