A couple of days ago I read this blog from Spoons, Sailing, CRPS & Penguins, Eleven hours in A&E – http://wp.me/p5nScR-jf
Today I have seen in our local paper that our local hospital has cancelled non emergency surgeries due to a “significant internal incident” and they have said this is due to an influx of visitors to A&E over the bank holiday weekend, hospital officials have warned that A&E is under significant pressure, and have said that patients should only attend if they are ‘critically injured or seriously unwell’ and brace themselves for long waits.
This weekend I managed to seriously injure my right knee, I was bumshuffling along the grass as I weeded the flower border using my arms and right leg when the knee went, I then had to get from the garden up the steps and into the lounge get as it’s not wheelchair accessible and it has been damn painful ever since.
My family have been telling me that I need to go and get it checked out, its my good (ish) knee and so its making life even more difficult and its significantly adding to the pain. I won’t go because I don’t think it’s an emergency, although it’s an accident and also isn’t be able to handle sitting in the waiting room for hours on end.
So this started me thinking about how chronic pain patients are treated in A&E, the majority of us will end up in massive amounts of pain if we are left sat waiting for hours on end, but do the doctors who run the department realise this or is there just nothing that can be done?
Now obviously they can’t start setting up beds for us in the waiting room and trolleys in A&E are limited, so what is the answer?