"Doctors were amazing, but..."
About: Wexham Park Hospital Wexham Park Hospital Slough SL2 4HL
Posted by Ben
After coming off of my longboard and having a large 4 inch long and 1 inch deep split in my side, i was taking to the A&E. The ambulance staff were outstanding. Although i had to wait 2 hours to be seen, i was given plenty of pain relief and gas. The doctors that saw me all treated me outstandingly especially a young male doctor, possibly a junior doctor, but he acted with genuine care. After being stitched up, i passed out on my way to the toilet and felt very sick. The nurses on the A&E ward were brilliant again, but i was then sent in a bed to either the AMU or AEU i can't quite remember. After waiting 4 hours there until 1 am, hearing the nurses discuss that i was in that bed but they 'can't be arsed to go just wait for the gp'. I had 15 fairly deep cuts on my left arm and hand that were all filthy, so i asked the GP if he could get a nurse to clean it up for me (I know they are not slaves...but i couldn't twist my other arm across my body to clean them myself and i was still close to passing out). A nurse walked over about 45 minutes later ( i heard the doctor ask one of them to clean it as soon as he left me, he then had to attend other patients) She took one look at my hand, grimaced, told me to get up and clean it myself under a tap round the corner. Upon standing up and getting to the tap i begin to pass out again. I go to sit down on the bed, explain it to the nurse who shrugs and walks away. The whole time i was in that ward, all of the nurses were far more interested in ordering themselves a takeaway to be delivered to that ward and made loads of noise all night. Other patients also spoke to me about how loud and unprofessional they were being. The doctor came back to see me at about 12.30 noticed my dressing was filthy on my chest and sorted that out for me, however the sister for the ward had already decided that she wanted to discharge me as they wanted that bed, even though she knew i couldn't walk and every time i stood up i passed out. They also knew that i didn't drive, had no family nearby and i also lived just under 30 miles away. So in conclusion, A&E staff were fantastic, all Doctors incl junior doctors were outstanding, but the nurses on that ward were unprofessional uncaring and more interested in chatting very loudly and there takeaway chicken salad that they got a taxi man to deliver.