"Admittance to hospital"

About: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust / Emergency ambulance Lincoln County Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

I came home from a fairly busy day around 6pm feeling a little queasy. By 1930 I had been sick and was in pain, by around 2330 I couldn't stop being sick and it was bloody and intensifying. I decided I needed to go to hospital but there wasn't anyone who could drive me. A call to 111 was quickly followed by a call from 111 and a doctor told me to ring for an ambulance. Ten minutes later they were on the doorstep. The two guys were amazingly helpful, patient and really knew their stuff. We had a chat about my symptoms during which time the younger but obviously more experienced of the two put together a plan of action which involved anti-sickness drugs and morphine. I was on-board 100% for the former but reluctant regarding the morphine. Turns out it was a winning combination. I just wish I could remember both of their names, I'm ashamed to say I only 'think' one was called Dave. I got to hospital in a much better state than when I left home and was transferred into the care of Tracey, Doctor 'OK' and myriad nursing staff in A&E. All of whom were fantastic, I was quite out of it by this time but I distinctly remember their lovely manner and tone, especially in dealing with my poor little mum who was beside herself with worry. I was transferred to a bed during the night and had plenty to keep me occupied with visits from surgeons and nurses throughout, all conducted with the upper most respect and consideration for how I was feeling. Miraculously by around 5am I was almost mended and it was decided I could go home later that day. I'm very glad I went to hospital as without the anti-sickness drugs I don't think I would have stopped vomiting and this could have potentially lead to severe dehydration and further problems. Yet I would hate to think I had been a drain on this, our most treasured national service. It breaks my heart to think that this government is systematically dismantling the NHS and selling it off to the highest bidder. This is not what England or Great Britain is about. Yes we have famous industrialists in our history, but it is our socialists history that mark us out as a unique nation of kind folk. I certainly experienced that kindness in huge supply this week. It saddens and enrages me that what took hundreds of years of political pressure, social conscience and some of the finest minds in history to achieve, could be shattered in a few short decades by what seems to me to be fat cats lining their own pockets and a government so deliberately blind to anything which doesn't conform to capitalism.

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Response from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Japes75,

Thank you for your kind remarks regarding your recent visit to A&E, I am pleased you were happy with the care you received and I am happy to share this with the A&E team.

Karen Hansord – A&E Sister

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Response from East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Dear Japes75,

I’d like to thank you for sharing your experience with us and for your kind words about the crew who attended to you that day.

I’m pleased that they were able to put you at ease with their clinical knowledge and helpful attitude. If you are able to, we would appreciate you sharing some more detail about your care (e.g. date, time and location) with our team so that we might then identify the crew that cared for you and share your words directly with them. You may contact us via email on Communications@emas.nhs.uk.

I hope you are recovering well.

Best wishes,

Rebekah Marong

Communications and Engagement Support Officer

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