"Mid-winter, and a freezing cold A&E"
About: Lincoln County Hospital / Accident and emergency Lincoln County Hospital Accident and emergency Lincoln LN2 5QY
Posted by Faint (as ),
I attended LCH A&E just after Christmas 2015. I had been the week before and was told if it occurred I was to return. Watching TV at night I was again taken ill and my husband rang 111 who said to attend A&E.
My husband had had a drink so rang a taxi, due to weather conditions they had stopped (heavy snow and ice) so he rang 111 again and they sent a paramedic. A first responder arrived from close by and did his checks then the paramedic who did all his checks and said I needed to go to LCH. As the weather was so bad he said he would take me to save an ambulance being called.
When we got to LCH about 11pm they sent me straight through to reception where I was assessed by a triage nurse and waited a long time to be seen. I was given all the tests available at night and put in a big soulless cubicle. The whole of A&E was freezing cold.
After being there 10 days earlier and it being cold I had gone prepared with warm clothes on, a big coat and a blanket. One of the nurses had a blanket round her to try and get warm. I left there at 4-30 in the morning absolutely frozen through and tired out then had to have a bath to warm me up.
If they can't keep the whole place warm because of it all being open there should be some warm rooms that people can sit while waiting for test results.
I appreciate the nurses and doctors do a very good job in difficult circumstances.