Yesterday I spent 11 hours in our local NHS hospital, with a family member.
This is not a post knocking any of the staff or facilities, just what our experience was.
I got a call at 7am, mum I can't get out of bed I'm in pain, so we drove to daughters house, I sorted her little ones, whilst hubby did breakfast, we then took them to nursery and school.
I stayed with daughter, her doctors surgery told her to call 111, (the surgery is useless), 111 got a paramedic straight to her and an ambulance followed, the paramedic asked the crew to get her straight to surgery assessment department, sadly the department declined to take her.
So at 11am we were put in A&E, they quickly moved her to critical care, where she was checked test taken, by lunchtime they referred to surgical assessment, sadly she had to sit on a chair and wait 5 hours before she was moved to the surgical team.
After an checkover in surgical, again we waited 2 hours before she saw a doctor and an hour for a bed. I did finally complain as she had not been offered food all day, and would not be allowed any food the following day.
Suddenly she was in a bed with people being so helpful, ensuring she had food and drink. I left the hospital 11 hours after arrival.
Our local Queen Alexander (QA), is a fantastic facility, the staff are excellent, helpful and professionals, all we saw were sick people being moved from beds to chairs and waiting, the staff seamed immune to the plight of the long waits, it looked just anther day to them. Pain relief was only given when asked for, we often felt forgotten. It was so upsetting to have to go through 7 hours of medical paths to finally get to the department the paramedic wanted her to go to.
This morning she is comfortable, and will probably have a operation later, I am on Nana duties, aided by hubby, Grandma and Grandpa, so play time with Molly and George.
Our NHS, is there for us, but only on their terms, and in truth we probably had a much better experience than many others, it's heart breaking to watch you child (even when they are grown up), in so much pain.
So now we are older, we need to be mindful and ensure we stay healthy, and stay out of hospital.