"A&E visit with my elderly mum."

About: Doncaster Royal Infirmary

We visited A&E on Saturday afternoon. The department was fairly busy, but expected. We were checked in by very pleasant and helpful reception staff and waited a while in the seating area. We were then triaged by yet again very pleasant nurses and again told to wait. Nothing we did not expect up to this point. Then we were called by a doctor, this is where the problems started. My mum had an eye problem, a possible bleed into the inside of her eye. He told her to sit on the bed. The extent of his examination was to pull down her bottom eye lid, which took all if 3 seconds. He then waved his arms and told her she needed to be seen in eye clinic, this is not urgent as she may have a tomato in her eye! Yes you heard correct. I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I trained at DRI and I may say for the first time ever I am ashamed of this fact. We went back to the nice reception ladies as we were not sure what to do next? They then got us seen and my mum examined properly by another, very nice doctor. We were astounded when we were told we'd been seen by a consultant! He is the worst doctor I have ever come across in all the 35 years of nursing.

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Response from Doncaster Royal Infirmary

We are sorry to hear that your experience at our hospital did not meet your expectations and would like to reassure you that we will look into the matters raised. As your posting appears as anonymous, to help us with our investigations we would welcome you taking the time to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), where we can discuss these matters with you in confidence and gather the extra information that will help us speed up our enquiries. PALS can be contacted by phone or email on: Tel: 01302 553140 Freephone: 0800 028 8059 Minicom (Text Talk): 01302 553140 Email: pals.dbh@dbh.nhs.uk Thank you.

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