"Allergic reaction"

About: Harrogate District Hospital

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I was admitted to A&E via ambulance from my doctors surgery. I had had an allergic reaction to some medication and blood pressure was very high, I was put into resus for about 2 hours, I seem to remember several tests being carried out, blood pressure, my heart was monitored ect. I was then moved to a cubicle in A&E where I was left for about 3 to 4 hours without any help or medication. When at last a doctor came to see me he asked how I was and I said I still felt terrible and he said the medication should have started to work, I told him I had had no medication, he looked shocked checked my notes rushed off somewhere and a few minutes later I was given some pills to take. About 1 hour or so after that the same doctor came to see me, I still felt really ill, he said I could go home, it was around 3.30pm and I realised none of my friends would be able to help as the school run was on. I asked for assistance to find a taxi because I decided for all the care I was getting I would be better off alone at home. No assistance was given and eventually I managed to stager out and get a cab ..... the taxi driver was horrified and did not want to take me, eventually I managed to persuade him to, but he was very nervous and did not think he was doing the right thing. A real shame I had such a bad experience at A&E, I have had reason to use HDH on quite a few occasions and always found it to be a good hospital. In this experience, I was freezing cold, very unwell and very frightened, at no point did anyone try to tell me what was happening to me. I cannot believe they could discharge me, I was obviously so unwell, without somebody to pick them up, or without explaining to me what had happened to me.

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Response from Harrogate District Hospital

Thank you for your feedback which is extremely important to us. I am sorry to learn that your recent experience of our A&E Department does not seem to have been of the high quality we would expect, but I am pleased that you have normally found our service to be a good one. We would be happy to look into this matter for you. If you would like us to do so, please contact our Patient Experience Team on 01423 444599 or email thepatientexperienceteam@hdft.nhs.uk Thank you again for taking the time to pass on your experiences. Chris Watt Head of Communications Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

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