"Horrendous Waiting Times"
About: Conquest Hospital Conquest Hospital St. Leonards-on-Sea TN37 7RD
Posted by Gordon
I arrived at the Conquest Hospital A&E department at Midnight on a Tuesday with a cut on my knee that needed stitching. At this time I was advised there was 3 people in front of me. Slowly one by one the people infront of me begun leaving the A&E department after the ridiculous waiting times. I eventually gave up at 4:30am due to having to go to work. Before leaving I asked how much longer the wait was going to be, she said that there was 2 people infront of you, so it maybe another couple of hours! If there was any other way of getting the stitches done, I would of done it. I ended up leaving work early and coming up again the next day. I was told that because I done it over 12 hours ago, they cannot stitch it. So just put sterri strips on it and bandaged it. This is a recurring theme with the conquest A&E department. A couple of years ago, I had broken my nose, it was clearly broken, and didnt need anyone of any qualifications to say it was broken. I had waited 6 hours up the A&E department to be seen. When I was finally seen, they doctor did not even put his hands on me. He just said "yeah its broken, you will have to come back in a couple of days to have it re-set. Make an appointment at reception" ! So after 6 hours, the doctor was with me for under 1 min and couldnt even do anything. I strongly believe that the department can be managed 100 times better than it is currently. The waiting times are ridiculous. Something needs to be done.