"2.5 hr wait and then told I cant be seen with..."

I waited for 2.5 hours after telling the receptionist I had severe chest pains and a sensation in my left arm. After 2.5 hours a nurse came out and said that they cant see anymore people that night. I went to A&E who did ECG that showed problems and was admitted straight away and kept in.

Even there own website said it was a medical emergency, the receptionist told me that they didn't think it was serious enough to see me that night and to go to A&E if I felt it was serious enough when I asked about being seen after the nurse said that no more people would be seen.

At the hospital I was seen straight away due to the seriousness and on a ward after ECG, blood tests etc in less time than I sat in the walk in centre waiting for no reason.

Incompetent and rude, I nearly never went to the hospital after being made to feel like a time waster by the receptionist. The problem was with my heart and it's lucky that I did go to A&E!

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Response from Coventry NHS Healthcare & Walk in Centre

Thank you for sending us your message through NHS Choices. We aim to provide a great experience for everyone who uses our services and we are so sorry that you have not had such an experience. We have passed your comment directly onto the service manager, particularly the issues you have raised around waiting times and if you wish to be contacted back to discuss these concerns, please contact our Customer Services Team on customerservices@virgincare.co.uk or on 0300 303 9509.

Thanks again for your feedback.

Carol Dale, Lead for Customer Services

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