"A long wait for nothing."
About: Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow) Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow) Harlow CM20 1QX
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Communication to patients. At no stage was I told that we would have to wait over 3 hours to see a doctor. I needed a drip, so the nurses put a plastic needle in my arm and then just left me in a room for over an hour. There was no communication about how long it would take at all. There seemed to be a surplus of nurses who didn't do much and a lack of doctors. After waiting over 3 hours, with the needle still in my arm, I elected to discharge myself. Mine was not the worst case - there was a young man with a broken arm in obvious pain who was waiting as long as me. The nurses said a wait this long was not unusual. Better organisation is needed.
One man was getting very agitated as his mother was dying and the receptionist would not tell him where she was located. It seemed to me that only those on their death-bed got urgent attention.