Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Long wait in A&E with suspected Appendicitis
The most traumatic experience I have had in my 75 years, waiting in A & E for 6 hours in agony, being ignored, being sick, unable to walk or speak having been rushed in by ambulance with a suspected appendicitis. There was no-one to help me, I had to ask a policeman to get me a drink of water. I was sitting amongst people with minor injuries whereas I actually had a strangulated internal hernia. There was no Triage to decide who needed most urgent treatment. It took from 12 noon to 7pm to get me to surgical assessment whence I was immediately admitted and some kind of care was shown.