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16/02/2013 at 11:33
Thought this was a great poster, what do you think?
16/02/2013 at 11:47
Fab! But tbh they have been focussing on this for years and it makes no difference, people mums/sisters/bosses tell them to get to A&E so they go, or they don't want to bother the gp, or they feel because they 'pay our wages' they can come too. In actual fact a lot of these people phone ambulances too and are offended when questioned why they have phoned an emergency vehicle! There's the yellow man campaign going in in London at the moment as emergency dept waits are the highest for a decade now so there's lots of posters etc
16/02/2013 at 11:50
16/02/2013 at 12:02
I'm in a roll
So true CP.
I did like how it had ADULT written on it. I think it's different for children and babies. But within reason. I am very lucky to have an excellent GP and walk in centre here though. I wonder if people understood what services were available to them, like walk in centres and minor injuries units it'd be a better situation.
16/02/2013 at 12:05
Its no different for children/babies, they can use the gp too (or well that's the idea). O yes people know their gp is there but I quote 'we'll I don't want to bother my gp, they are busy' or the shoulder injury they have had for 3 months they couldn't possibly see a gp as they might need an X-ray (which a gp can refer them for, if they haven't thought to have an xr in the previous 3 months then they certainly don't need one right there and then in A&E that night), o and my region changed the name to 'the emergency dept' and it made no difference either. The thing is, you will get some poor 70 year old, stumbling accross the car park clutching his chest actively having a heart attack as he didnt want to cause a fuss!
16/02/2013 at 12:13
Www.notalwaysAandE.co.uk this is the yellow man campaign
16/02/2013 at 12:16
I suppose I think if a child has symptoms that can't be explained I would go to a&e rather than wait to see a doctor but perhaps I'm wrong. We have Paediatric Casualty here too but that just probably encourages people like me...
16/02/2013 at 15:49
Really Beez? You'd rather wait 4/5/6/7 hours in A&E than phone ooh/go to walk in centre and see a dr there who could give treatment or refer direct to a paediatric ward for review there. Absolutely fair enough if there's breathing difficulties, reduced conscious level, fitting, severe injury, etc but gps are very capable in dealing with most things.
16/02/2013 at 15:50
.... and yet when S was poorly last year, after several GP visits that I knew weren't getting anywhere I phoned NHS DIrect and was told to take her to A&E pronto, and then was left feeling like a crap mum being told off by an A&E nurse because I hadn't brought her in sooner! You can't win sometimes.
But I agree, some people turn up at A&E for the most ridiculous things.
16/02/2013 at 15:57
Well you shouldn't feel like a crap mum, a crap mum would never have gone to the gp in the first place
16/02/2013 at 17:43
Our walk in centre doesn't see under 2's. and if it was for A it closes at ten pm. Both times I've taken them to A&E it's been for unexplained rashes/temperature I couldn't reduce with paracetamol. And I did phone NHS direct first both times. So I guess I'm not that bad? I've never waited more than about 30 mins to be seen at A&E (my suspected broken ankles maybe) I think I've been very lucky.
16/02/2013 at 21:49
When B was ill last week we were seen very quickly. My Dad amde a sneery comment today abotu how long did you have to wait to be seen? I said within ten miniutes of su being there they were doing things to him. Okay it was two hours before we went to the ward but they acted on him asap. and as disappointed as I have been with how my ill health has been treated by medical bods I was really pleased by how quickly they dealt with B (although they forgot to tell me he was being admitted!)
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