"I came into A&E with severe ..."

About: Queen Elizabeth I I Hospital (Welwyn Garden City)

(as the patient),

What I liked

I came into A&E with severe stomach pains at 4am and was seen immediately. The nurses who dealt with me were very friendly and sympathetic and quickly ascertained what was wrong with me. i was put on a drip and given painkillers very quickly but i was told exactly what i was being given and why. After 3 hours or so i was feeling much better and was allowed to leave, but not before i was given a nice cup of sugary coffee to perk me up! Overall i simply could not fault the way i was cared for and i'm extremely grateful to the nurses for their friendliness and professionalism.

What could be improved

Nothing at all could have been done better.

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Response from Queen Elizabeth I I Hospital

Thank you for your very kind words about the care you received when you were at the QEII's A&E recently, which we will pass on to the team involved We're also glad to hear that you received such prompt care and that you made what seems like a swift recovery without the need to be admitted.

Your experience of the Trust's A&E service, while by no means universal, underlines just how much more quickly people get treated than was the case even than just a few short years ago. When you or a loved one are not feeling well and need help in an emergency, this now happens very speedily indeed.

While there is always more to be done, it is a sobering thought to consider the waiting time that used to exist in A&E departments just a decade ago, which sometimes stretched to longer than a whole day! Today the vast majority of people are seen, treated and admitted or discharged well within four hours.

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