"Appalling service from a usually efficient team"
About: Sevenoaks Hospital Sevenoaks Hospital TN13 3PG
Posted by Anonymous
I'm appalled at the level of service my daughter and I received at Sevenoaks MIU today. We attended three days ago with my daughter's swollen and sore toe, to be told it was "probably" a soft tissue injury and given the usual advice to rest, elevate the foot, apply ice packs and take ibuprofen and it should improve after a couple of days. An X-ray couldn't be done as it was after that dept had closed for the day. When it hadn't improved after three days, and in fact was worse, we visited Sevenoaks MIU again today. The very nice person who booked us in remembered us from our previous visit, took my daughter's details and told us it would be a 1-2 hour wait. After a 2 hour wait, we were then taken to see a nurse who quite abruptly and rudely told us that they wouldn't be looking at my daughter's toe again as she had already been seen three days ago by their colleague. If that is the policy, then why could the receptionist not have told us that two hours before? Even after we said it had worsened, they flatly refused to even take a cursory look at it and told us we should have gone to see our GP. Feeling like chastised children, we left and went to our GP's surgery. After another hour's wait, the GP gave it a thorough examination and referred us to Darent Valley Hospital for an X-ray to rule out a fracture....something that could quite easily have been done at Sevenoaks MIU. A further two hour wait at DVH and we, thankfully, have the diagnosis that it is not in fact broken. But what a complete and utter waste of ours and everyone else's time. I thought that the MIU was there to help ease the pressure on GPs and A&E departments. Shan't be attending there in a hurry next time....would have been far quicker to go straight to A&E, even with a four hour wait.