"I think the running of A & E needs a rethink to..."
About: John Radcliffe Hospital John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford OX3 9DU
Posted by U********2
What I liked
The nurse looking after us was excellent, she was observant to my daughters pain and needs despite being busy. She was kind and sensitive, good clinical skills.
What could be improved
Unsure of the policy relating to time limits on being triaged for people who present with severe abdominal pain - perhaps none? My daughter had to wait 1 hour & 20 mins and even then only after I approached a nurse telling her the pain was worsening.
We were taken through to a cubicle and the lovely nurse took over care, gave my daughter IV painkiller & took blood samples while waiting for dr. The pain relief only lasted 1/2 before pain bad again so another type of pain relief administered IV. Again this lasted only 1/2 hour before pain returned. Dr came after waiting 1.5 hours. Blood results were reviewed and as nothing abnormal showed up, my daughter was discharged home with paracetamol.
The Dr didn't seem concerned about how little effect the strong painkillers had.
The next day, my daughter was still in pain I took her to a different hospital for a second opinion. In comparison, on arrival at the 2nd A & E we were triaged within 5 mins (as busy as JR), seen by a dr within 30 mins. Daughter given morphine - more appropriate for level of pain she was clearly in. The bloods were again normal but the Dr could see something clearly amiss despite reassuring blood results. He admitted her for further observation, she had gallstones and needed emergency surgery.
No need for your generic reply: 'please contact PALS with your complaint'. I'd feel a bit more inclined to if the responses to negative feedback were personalised (like they are on the positive feedback comments)