"Like a Third World War zone"
About: William Harvey Hospital William Harvey Hospital Ashford TN24 0LZ
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By arrangement, I was admitted midnight to William Harvey with kidney failing. 24 hours later I would be on the operating table. Although I was in for admission I still had to wait in crowded A&E. 1 1/2 hours later, a nurse told me I was lucky, sometimes the wait is 8 or 9 hours. Eventually I was taken to mixed ward where the patient next to me shouted all night and there was dirty underwear in bedside cupboard. At least 3 scans during the day, last one was arranged but was going to be put off till next day but I persisted and insisted. An hour after that scan paramedics rushed me out of the ward and into an ambulance to Kent & Canterbury, where a large team were gowned and ready, and I was on table 5 minutes later for life saving operation. Wonderful, caring professional team! I owe them my life. Decent clean hospital with kind nurses.
If one is being admitted as an emergency is it not clearly apparent that one should go through a separate section to A& E??? I see that staff members on a " team." Sometimes try to make helpful comments on these reviews, but I don't expect they have any power or anything to offer but a sympathetic ear.