Royal Gwent A&E 'very busy'

Royal Gwent A&E 'very busy'

Royal Gwent A&E 'very busy'

First published in News

THE Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Gwent Hospital is currently very busy, Aneurin Bevan Health Board said today.

The health board, which runs the hospital, urged patients to “choose well” when it comes to whether their complaint is appropriate for the emergency department or whether it could be better treated elsewhere.

“Emergency services are very busy and are getting busier,” the health board said. “They should only be used in very serious or life-threatening situations. Choosing well ensures that essential treatment is given, in the shortest possible time.”

Suitable conditions include chest pain, blacking out, serious blood loss, choking and serious injury, they said.

Injuries and complaints such as cuts, bites and sprains, vomiting, ear pain or a painful cough can be treated in the Minor Injuries Unit or by a GP’s Out of Hours Service.

The health board also advised that grazed knees or a hangover are suitable for self care.

For more information visit www.choosewellwales.org.uk

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6:08pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Magor says...

Good job it is busy otherwise they would be wanting to close it due to lack of use.
Good job it is busy otherwise they would be wanting to close it due to lack of use. Magor
  • Score: 4

7:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Independentvoter says...

Maybe ABHB will get a plan for this too
Maybe ABHB will get a plan for this too Independentvoter
  • Score: 2

9:00pm Tue 15 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

If your a time waster you pay. Alcohol based injury you pay. Scraped an ow wee on your leggy peggy you pay. Had a mysterious growth on your elbow for a month you pay. Come on it's not rocket science. ABHB in debt up to its stethoscope, WAG continuing to squander millions whilst withholding tax relief and imposing further cuts on all councils. It's a start charging 150% health care for foreigners.
If your a time waster you pay. Alcohol based injury you pay. Scraped an ow wee on your leggy peggy you pay. Had a mysterious growth on your elbow for a month you pay. Come on it's not rocket science. ABHB in debt up to its stethoscope, WAG continuing to squander millions whilst withholding tax relief and imposing further cuts on all councils. It's a start charging 150% health care for foreigners. landyman3030
  • Score: 14

9:32pm Tue 15 Jul 14

gingertom says...

We need an enquiry into welsh NHS:

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1019
We need an enquiry into welsh NHS: https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1019 gingertom
  • Score: -2

9:32pm Tue 15 Jul 14

gingertom says...

We need an enquiry into welsh NHS:

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1019
We need an enquiry into welsh NHS: https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1019 gingertom
  • Score: -1

9:41pm Tue 15 Jul 14

amee66 says...

This makes my blood boil whenever I go down to a&e (always with someone never for myself) or someone I know goes down there, we all wait hours to be initially seen let alone anything else, and while we wait we get to watch the 'busy' staff have a good chat and giggle while avoiding any direct contact from people waiting for help. I was down there with my other half not too many weeks ago on a Friday night and they only had 1 doctor on, for the size of this city that is absolutely ridiculous! To be honest with you the staff there never seem busy they all swan around drinking their teas and coffees having a natter leaning on desks,texting away on their phones, the Royal Gwent hospital is a joke to the vast majority of people in newport we all expect a long long long wait and we all no the staff there don't seem to actually care about us after all we are the only reason they have a job.
This makes my blood boil whenever I go down to a&e (always with someone never for myself) or someone I know goes down there, we all wait hours to be initially seen let alone anything else, and while we wait we get to watch the 'busy' staff have a good chat and giggle while avoiding any direct contact from people waiting for help. I was down there with my other half not too many weeks ago on a Friday night and they only had 1 doctor on, for the size of this city that is absolutely ridiculous! To be honest with you the staff there never seem busy they all swan around drinking their teas and coffees having a natter leaning on desks,texting away on their phones, the Royal Gwent hospital is a joke to the vast majority of people in newport we all expect a long long long wait and we all no the staff there don't seem to actually care about us after all we are the only reason they have a job. amee66
  • Score: -4

10:01pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Too much says...

amee66 wrote:
This makes my blood boil whenever I go down to a&e (always with someone never for myself) or someone I know goes down there, we all wait hours to be initially seen let alone anything else, and while we wait we get to watch the 'busy' staff have a good chat and giggle while avoiding any direct contact from people waiting for help. I was down there with my other half not too many weeks ago on a Friday night and they only had 1 doctor on, for the size of this city that is absolutely ridiculous! To be honest with you the staff there never seem busy they all swan around drinking their teas and coffees having a natter leaning on desks,texting away on their phones, the Royal Gwent hospital is a joke to the vast majority of people in newport we all expect a long long long wait and we all no the staff there don't seem to actually care about us after all we are the only reason they have a job.
I have had many trips to the a&e department , again not for myself but for family members. I have to say in my opinion they have provided an excellent service with very limited resources. People like yourself will push the NHS towards privatisation. I have experienced paid for foreign health care, I for one am very grateful for the NHS.
[quote][p][bold]amee66[/bold] wrote: This makes my blood boil whenever I go down to a&e (always with someone never for myself) or someone I know goes down there, we all wait hours to be initially seen let alone anything else, and while we wait we get to watch the 'busy' staff have a good chat and giggle while avoiding any direct contact from people waiting for help. I was down there with my other half not too many weeks ago on a Friday night and they only had 1 doctor on, for the size of this city that is absolutely ridiculous! To be honest with you the staff there never seem busy they all swan around drinking their teas and coffees having a natter leaning on desks,texting away on their phones, the Royal Gwent hospital is a joke to the vast majority of people in newport we all expect a long long long wait and we all no the staff there don't seem to actually care about us after all we are the only reason they have a job.[/p][/quote]I have had many trips to the a&e department , again not for myself but for family members. I have to say in my opinion they have provided an excellent service with very limited resources. People like yourself will push the NHS towards privatisation. I have experienced paid for foreign health care, I for one am very grateful for the NHS. Too much
  • Score: 18

10:57pm Tue 15 Jul 14

amee66 says...

To be honest me and my other half have ourselves turned to private health care as we have lost faith in the NHS, my family has experienced many short comings by the hands of the NHS the biggest being that they failed to inform my grandmother of a life threatening growth she had on her spine for almost 9 years although various doctors had seen and commented on her records that it was there. I myself have no good experiences that I can recall of the royal gwent and I don't believe that their problems are always caused by limited resources and that sometimes the issue lies with the staff that are on at the time. I myself feel the NHS is necessary for many people but I myself stay well clear due to my past experiences.
To be honest me and my other half have ourselves turned to private health care as we have lost faith in the NHS, my family has experienced many short comings by the hands of the NHS the biggest being that they failed to inform my grandmother of a life threatening growth she had on her spine for almost 9 years although various doctors had seen and commented on her records that it was there. I myself have no good experiences that I can recall of the royal gwent and I don't believe that their problems are always caused by limited resources and that sometimes the issue lies with the staff that are on at the time. I myself feel the NHS is necessary for many people but I myself stay well clear due to my past experiences. amee66
  • Score: -6

7:06am Wed 16 Jul 14

inkyskin says...

amee66 wrote:
This makes my blood boil whenever I go down to a&e (always with someone never for myself) or someone I know goes down there, we all wait hours to be initially seen let alone anything else, and while we wait we get to watch the 'busy' staff have a good chat and giggle while avoiding any direct contact from people waiting for help. I was down there with my other half not too many weeks ago on a Friday night and they only had 1 doctor on, for the size of this city that is absolutely ridiculous! To be honest with you the staff there never seem busy they all swan around drinking their teas and coffees having a natter leaning on desks,texting away on their phones, the Royal Gwent hospital is a joke to the vast majority of people in newport we all expect a long long long wait and we all no the staff there don't seem to actually care about us after all we are the only reason they have a job.
spoken like the true person who doesn't work in the health care department, woe-betide someone having a quick coffee, trust me, those quick coffees are probably the only breaks they've managed to have in between dealing with inane drunks and time wasters.
Would love to know what job you do yourself.
[quote][p][bold]amee66[/bold] wrote: This makes my blood boil whenever I go down to a&e (always with someone never for myself) or someone I know goes down there, we all wait hours to be initially seen let alone anything else, and while we wait we get to watch the 'busy' staff have a good chat and giggle while avoiding any direct contact from people waiting for help. I was down there with my other half not too many weeks ago on a Friday night and they only had 1 doctor on, for the size of this city that is absolutely ridiculous! To be honest with you the staff there never seem busy they all swan around drinking their teas and coffees having a natter leaning on desks,texting away on their phones, the Royal Gwent hospital is a joke to the vast majority of people in newport we all expect a long long long wait and we all no the staff there don't seem to actually care about us after all we are the only reason they have a job.[/p][/quote]spoken like the true person who doesn't work in the health care department, woe-betide someone having a quick coffee, trust me, those quick coffees are probably the only breaks they've managed to have in between dealing with inane drunks and time wasters. Would love to know what job you do yourself. inkyskin
  • Score: 8

8:18am Wed 16 Jul 14

shels75 says...

Last Tuesday evening i was sent to medical assessment bay for suspected DVT in the leg, i was seen by a nurse at 6pm they forgot to the specific blood for the clot issue told i would see a dr in an hour who would do it , my sister complained at 10.30 i hadnt seen a dr or had this test done and they finally did only because we complained, i saw a dr at midnight , fasttracked bloods were not fast tracked waited three hours i walked out of there after being in the medical assessment bay for 7 hours 6 of them waiting to see a dr .....oh and the brazil Germany match was on more staff stood around watching the football than actually doing anything . the royal gwent is getting worse
Last Tuesday evening i was sent to medical assessment bay for suspected DVT in the leg, i was seen by a nurse at 6pm they forgot to the specific blood for the clot issue told i would see a dr in an hour who would do it , my sister complained at 10.30 i hadnt seen a dr or had this test done and they finally did only because we complained, i saw a dr at midnight , fasttracked bloods were not fast tracked waited three hours i walked out of there after being in the medical assessment bay for 7 hours 6 of them waiting to see a dr .....oh and the brazil Germany match was on more staff stood around watching the football than actually doing anything . the royal gwent is getting worse shels75
  • Score: 4

9:23am Wed 16 Jul 14

keithbob says...

wonder if anyone noticed the amount of immigrants using our FREE health service.isnt this one of the main reasons for overcrowded surgerys and or hospitals?
wonder if anyone noticed the amount of immigrants using our FREE health service.isnt this one of the main reasons for overcrowded surgerys and or hospitals? keithbob
  • Score: 5

9:51am Wed 16 Jul 14

amee66 says...

No I do not work in health care and I'm sorry but I find the statement iY's the only break they've probably had absurd I have seen them literally make coffee after coffee after coffee totally ignoring patients who have been there for hours and havent got a clue whats actually wrong with them because no one has bothered to come over and tell them. ThAt a&e department is a joke I've never met so many medical staff who just don't seem to care.
No I do not work in health care and I'm sorry but I find the statement iY's the only break they've probably had absurd I have seen them literally make coffee after coffee after coffee totally ignoring patients who have been there for hours and havent got a clue whats actually wrong with them because no one has bothered to come over and tell them. ThAt a&e department is a joke I've never met so many medical staff who just don't seem to care. amee66
  • Score: 1

11:07am Wed 16 Jul 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

keithbob wrote:
wonder if anyone noticed the amount of immigrants using our FREE health service.isnt this one of the main reasons for overcrowded surgerys and or hospitals?
Hit the nail right on the head.
Though nothing will change whilst we are still in the EUSSR.
More bankrupt Countries lining up to join so they can reap the benefits from the British taxpayer.
NHS could cease to exist in the future, mainly down to the 'open door' policies of the political party that founded it and who are ardent supporters of the 'European gravy train'.
[quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: wonder if anyone noticed the amount of immigrants using our FREE health service.isnt this one of the main reasons for overcrowded surgerys and or hospitals?[/p][/quote]Hit the nail right on the head. Though nothing will change whilst we are still in the EUSSR. More bankrupt Countries lining up to join so they can reap the benefits from the British taxpayer. NHS could cease to exist in the future, mainly down to the 'open door' policies of the political party that founded it and who are ardent supporters of the 'European gravy train'. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 2

11:28am Wed 16 Jul 14

twangstring says...

I wnder what drove this kind of advice. Anyone who knows how bad it is in a and e at rgh would only go there if they were really suffering. I would advise anyone to choose well, if you can CHOOSE A DIFFERENT HOSPITAL
I wnder what drove this kind of advice. Anyone who knows how bad it is in a and e at rgh would only go there if they were really suffering. I would advise anyone to choose well, if you can CHOOSE A DIFFERENT HOSPITAL twangstring
  • Score: 0

1:55pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Paxman's Army says...

Don't like the hospital? Perhaps you'd like to have a health care system like the Americans? As an American. . I'd be happy to tell you a million reasons why the NHS is better.

Don't want to see the nurses drink coffee? One of the posters here is correct. So many don't get a break. When they do, they work through it. For the significant majority, the nurses and staff at RGH are tops.

Wanna have more doctors? Fine. Tell people not to use your free prescription service to horde paracetamol. Tell people not to use A&E for the sniffles. Tell them not to wreck their livers by drinking too much. Tell them to not miss appointments. All of that costs millions and millions of pounds and could be spent on more doctors.

Want a better NHS? Then come up with practical smart solutions. And make sure you know what you are talking about.
Don't like the hospital? Perhaps you'd like to have a health care system like the Americans? As an American. . I'd be happy to tell you a million reasons why the NHS is better. Don't want to see the nurses drink coffee? One of the posters here is correct. So many don't get a break. When they do, they work through it. For the significant majority, the nurses and staff at RGH are tops. Wanna have more doctors? Fine. Tell people not to use your free prescription service to horde paracetamol. Tell people not to use A&E for the sniffles. Tell them not to wreck their livers by drinking too much. Tell them to not miss appointments. All of that costs millions and millions of pounds and could be spent on more doctors. Want a better NHS? Then come up with practical smart solutions. And make sure you know what you are talking about. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 3

2:02pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Paxman's Army says...

Cymru Am Beth wrote:
keithbob wrote:
wonder if anyone noticed the amount of immigrants using our FREE health service.isnt this one of the main reasons for overcrowded surgerys and or hospitals?
Hit the nail right on the head.
Though nothing will change whilst we are still in the EUSSR.
More bankrupt Countries lining up to join so they can reap the benefits from the British taxpayer.
NHS could cease to exist in the future, mainly down to the 'open door' policies of the political party that founded it and who are ardent supporters of the 'European gravy train'.
And I'm one of those "immigrants" who use YOUR free health service. Just so you know, I think YOUR free health service is the greatest public service the world's ever known. And one of the reasons I've made it MY health service too. I pay my taxes and I contribute to its future, and I'm proud its there.
[quote][p][bold]Cymru Am Beth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: wonder if anyone noticed the amount of immigrants using our FREE health service.isnt this one of the main reasons for overcrowded surgerys and or hospitals?[/p][/quote]Hit the nail right on the head. Though nothing will change whilst we are still in the EUSSR. More bankrupt Countries lining up to join so they can reap the benefits from the British taxpayer. NHS could cease to exist in the future, mainly down to the 'open door' policies of the political party that founded it and who are ardent supporters of the 'European gravy train'.[/p][/quote]And I'm one of those "immigrants" who use YOUR free health service. Just so you know, I think YOUR free health service is the greatest public service the world's ever known. And one of the reasons I've made it MY health service too. I pay my taxes and I contribute to its future, and I'm proud its there. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 2

2:15pm Wed 16 Jul 14

twangstring says...

Paxmans army - I agree with you, it is a great service. Nobody on here is complaining about the nhs but more like the Welsh government's neglect of it. I had a very similar experience to shel75 except that I didn't see nurses standing around chatting, I saw them run off their feet because they were under staffed.
Paxmans army - I agree with you, it is a great service. Nobody on here is complaining about the nhs but more like the Welsh government's neglect of it. I had a very similar experience to shel75 except that I didn't see nurses standing around chatting, I saw them run off their feet because they were under staffed. twangstring
  • Score: 0

2:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Paxman's Army says...

Hi Twang,

Yeah but they are complaining. Look, we all know it's overmanaged and funds don't always go to the right places. But recently, Cameron and his ilk engaged in a nasty campaign of attacks against NHS Wales when NHS England has just as many issues. It's true that WAG hasn't funded NHS Wales well. But then I'll cut them some slack because the money that would have gone to the service would have been taken from councils. . or somewhere else like free prescriptions. I'm angry because posters complain about seeing too many immigrants in waiting rooms. What's the giveaway? The darker skin? I'm angry because we all have had lousy health service. But who honestly has better? I know the American system. There, saving money is the bottom line. Here we struggle simply because money isn't. Wales drinks itself senseless causing medical problems. Wales eats more fast food than ever, causing medical problems. We are society that fills up on infected tattoos, poor nutrition, and 3 litre bottles of cider from Aldi. I think we should be more bothered by that than complaining that WAG isn't spending enough on the NHS.
Hi Twang, Yeah but they are complaining. Look, we all know it's overmanaged and funds don't always go to the right places. But recently, Cameron and his ilk engaged in a nasty campaign of attacks against NHS Wales when NHS England has just as many issues. It's true that WAG hasn't funded NHS Wales well. But then I'll cut them some slack because the money that would have gone to the service would have been taken from councils. . or somewhere else like free prescriptions. I'm angry because posters complain about seeing too many immigrants in waiting rooms. What's the giveaway? The darker skin? I'm angry because we all have had lousy health service. But who honestly has better? I know the American system. There, saving money is the bottom line. Here we struggle simply because money isn't. Wales drinks itself senseless causing medical problems. Wales eats more fast food than ever, causing medical problems. We are society that fills up on infected tattoos, poor nutrition, and 3 litre bottles of cider from Aldi. I think we should be more bothered by that than complaining that WAG isn't spending enough on the NHS. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Wed 16 Jul 14

twangstring says...

Hi pax,
I think the perception is that immigrants come here and take our benefits. The reality is probably more likely to be that you come here, work and pay taxes and ni contributions but the government doesn't plow it back into services to take account of the swell in population. Unfortunately, you get the blame. By the way I'm certainly not complaining about the nhs, just the rgh. It's a long story but if I'd left it to rgh I would have, at best lost my job. At worst it could have been my life. I got fixed up in Bristol who were brilliant.
Hi pax, I think the perception is that immigrants come here and take our benefits. The reality is probably more likely to be that you come here, work and pay taxes and ni contributions but the government doesn't plow it back into services to take account of the swell in population. Unfortunately, you get the blame. By the way I'm certainly not complaining about the nhs, just the rgh. It's a long story but if I'd left it to rgh I would have, at best lost my job. At worst it could have been my life. I got fixed up in Bristol who were brilliant. twangstring
  • Score: -1

8:55pm Wed 16 Jul 14

gingertom says...

We need an enquiry into welsh nhs:
https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1019
We need an enquiry into welsh nhs: https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1019 gingertom
  • Score: 0

9:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14

keithbob says...

Paxman's Army wrote:
Cymru Am Beth wrote:
keithbob wrote:
wonder if anyone noticed the amount of immigrants using our FREE health service.isnt this one of the main reasons for overcrowded surgerys and or hospitals?
Hit the nail right on the head.
Though nothing will change whilst we are still in the EUSSR.
More bankrupt Countries lining up to join so they can reap the benefits from the British taxpayer.
NHS could cease to exist in the future, mainly down to the 'open door' policies of the political party that founded it and who are ardent supporters of the 'European gravy train'.
And I'm one of those "immigrants" who use YOUR free health service. Just so you know, I think YOUR free health service is the greatest public service the world's ever known. And one of the reasons I've made it MY health service too. I pay my taxes and I contribute to its future, and I'm proud its there.
pax,dont know if you saw channel 5 last night about romanians who come over here just for free everything.one individual is here to make £40.to £5000 and build a new home back in his country.he was only over here for two days and robbed a supermarket for food.he obtained a NHI number by selling stolen scrap and is now on £200 a week,another woman who cannot speak a word of english is now claiming nearly £600 a week.i have worked all my life and now retired get just £210 a week for myself and wife.they have a fixer to get all the benefits they can.i understand there are a few exceptions who work and pay tax.but this country is just an open door for scroungers and they know it..MR ANGRY.
[quote][p][bold]Paxman's Army[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cymru Am Beth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: wonder if anyone noticed the amount of immigrants using our FREE health service.isnt this one of the main reasons for overcrowded surgerys and or hospitals?[/p][/quote]Hit the nail right on the head. Though nothing will change whilst we are still in the EUSSR. More bankrupt Countries lining up to join so they can reap the benefits from the British taxpayer. NHS could cease to exist in the future, mainly down to the 'open door' policies of the political party that founded it and who are ardent supporters of the 'European gravy train'.[/p][/quote]And I'm one of those "immigrants" who use YOUR free health service. Just so you know, I think YOUR free health service is the greatest public service the world's ever known. And one of the reasons I've made it MY health service too. I pay my taxes and I contribute to its future, and I'm proud its there.[/p][/quote]pax,dont know if you saw channel 5 last night about romanians who come over here just for free everything.one individual is here to make £40.to £5000 and build a new home back in his country.he was only over here for two days and robbed a supermarket for food.he obtained a NHI number by selling stolen scrap and is now on £200 a week,another woman who cannot speak a word of english is now claiming nearly £600 a week.i have worked all my life and now retired get just £210 a week for myself and wife.they have a fixer to get all the benefits they can.i understand there are a few exceptions who work and pay tax.but this country is just an open door for scroungers and they know it..MR ANGRY. keithbob
  • Score: 0

10:14pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Independentvoter says...

Staged comments ????? lol
Staged comments ????? lol Independentvoter
  • Score: 1

10:41pm Wed 16 Jul 14

keithbob says...

so the thumbs down means you agree its ok for our hard earned taxes to be sent to families of immigrants abroad??
so the thumbs down means you agree its ok for our hard earned taxes to be sent to families of immigrants abroad?? keithbob
  • Score: 1

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