"A & E visit with headache"
About: Lister Hospital Lister Hospital Stevenage SG1 4AB
Posted by Emma
On Monday 6th Jan my boyfriend took me to your A & E with what I can only describe as the worst headache I havev ever felt. I felt sick - was sick twice, was sensitive to light and generally felt really nasty. When I arrived at reception we walked in at 10.15 at night it was extremely busy I had to wait an hour just to see a triage nurse I told her what the problem was and she said a doctor would call - it was about half an hour and a lady doctor took me through to cubicles. I sat on the bed and explained the problem and was told she would do blood tests and CT scan. I had the blood tests but by 1 am there was no sign of me having the scan, the nurses kept checking my pulse etc. By 2am a nurse came and said the bloods would need to be done again as they had colleted this did not please as I have a fear of blood tests but the nurse who did them was very quick and reassuring. I was not very happy as by 3am we had been there nearly 5 hours without anyone asking if either me or my boyfriend would like water or coffee. I did ask about 3am if I could have a biscuit and was just told No - I was hungry and wanted to try a little something It only after my boyfriend sleeping on the floor for the best part of 7 hours that a nurse gave him a chair to sit on. Anyway I had bloods and scan and all was clear i saw a doctor who said I would be moved to CDU - I was but not until 6am.... 8 hours after arriving in the department which I understand is a very busy department and looked after well is a long time to know what is going to happen when at one point I was going to have a lumber puncture. By 9am in the morning a lovely doctor came to seem me checked me over and assessd me as having a really bad migraine I have never experience one before so was glad to know it was nothing serious and was discharged by 11 with a letter for myself and pain relief I am now feeling a lot better after having the week off work to recover and although a long wait and no chair or offer of food and drink at such a busy night great staff and credit to the hospital Please pass on my thanks for the diagnosis Emma