12 hour wait for nothing

First published in Letters

GIVEN that from Tuesday June 12 till Wednesday June 13, I had a 12-hour wait to see a doctor at the casualty department of the Royal Gwent Hospital, I have to ask why when I did see a doctor did he tell me ultimately there was nothing they could do for someone who was in pain and kicked me to the kerb? Is there anyone else who has visited the Royal Gwent Hospital and experienced what I went through?

Paul Tidball. The Ridgeway, Trevethin

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5:13pm Fri 22 Jun 12

On the inside says...

Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling there are a few bits missing from this story?
Is it just me, or does anyone else get the feeling there are a few bits missing from this story? On the inside
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1:20pm Sat 23 Jun 12

n51w03 says...

Um, I must be missing something here... you say "I have to ask why when I did see a doctor did he tell me ultimately there was nothing they could do for someone who was in pain and kicked me to the kerb"... if the Doctor kicked you to the kerb then why didn't you contact the Police? Like I say, I might have missed something.
Um, I must be missing something here... you say "I have to ask why when I did see a doctor did he tell me ultimately there was nothing they could do for someone who was in pain and kicked me to the kerb"... if the Doctor kicked you to the kerb then why didn't you contact the Police? Like I say, I might have missed something. n51w03
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12:51pm Mon 25 Jun 12

Gareth says...

Looks like a simple answer: the law dictates that anyone has the right to be seen by a doctor.

The triage nurse would have made the judgement that you were a zero priority (ultimately backed up by the doctor). Alas, the moment you turned up at A&E, that nurse was obliged to follow your wishes to see a doctor, and so added you to the list.

Look on the bright side: the fact that there was ultimately nothing wrong with you is a good thing, isn't it? I would far rather lose half a day and be a bit upset than be the one rushed through to the front of the queue on blues n twos...
Looks like a simple answer: the law dictates that anyone has the right to be seen by a doctor. The triage nurse would have made the judgement that you were a zero priority (ultimately backed up by the doctor). Alas, the moment you turned up at A&E, that nurse was obliged to follow your wishes to see a doctor, and so added you to the list. Look on the bright side: the fact that there was ultimately nothing wrong with you is a good thing, isn't it? I would far rather lose half a day and be a bit upset than be the one rushed through to the front of the queue on blues n twos... Gareth
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