Emergency Room wait times
Emergency rooms need an overhaul. The current system doesn't work. My son broke his leg badly and after being told an ambulance could be 3 or 4 hours away, I had to drive him Ann hour to the hospital myself, then we waited 8 hrs just to be seen, then another 2 hrs for them to put a temporary car past on, then waited another 5 hrs to be admitted because he needed surgery, then to be told we were going home, because there were no beds, had to wait another 7 hrs for a Dr to discharge us, went back in 2 days later as instructed to be admitted for surgery, and then he waited ELEVEN days, before there was a theatre/Surgeon available to do his surgery. During his wait time in ER waiting room, I had to request pain relief for him, and we were offered 2 panadol for a 120kg man...? Simply not enough doctors, nurses or beds in our hospitals. I have a friend who's husband had a massive stroke and waited 6 hrs for an ambulance to come.
Why the contribution is important
We need to know that if we need emergency magical help, it will be available. It's scary that in a first world country we can't be assured that we will be able to access good Healthcare in a timely manner.
by Carla123 on March 19, 2023 at 09:24AM