About: Lister Hospital Lister Hospital Stevenage SG1 4AB
Posted by robert curragh
I took my 9 yr old grandson to A&E At around 1 AM this morning.He has been complaining of sometimes severe stomach pains for a few days. I thought he was over the worst but last night it got painful for him so I took him to A&E. The waiting room was packed with patients awaiting to be seen. At one in the morning. We were administered quickly and sent round to the childrens waiting area. Overall we waited for about 4 hours before being told there would be further delay as they had emergencies to deal with.I decided to leave as realistically I felt we would be still sitting there for a further four hours with no chance of seeing a doctor. I will take him to Hemel Hempstead hospital this morning. We live in Hatfield - closest to us is the QE2. The A&E there is closed .Next stop Lister in Stevenage. I really couldn't believe that this' flagship' hospital has allowed its A&E to deteriorate this appalling state. When I questioned a nurse about it she informed me that there was only one doctor to serve both childrens and adults A&E. And she was not joking. On a Saturday night . By way of explanation she mentioned the emergencies they'd had to deal with.But isn't this what hospitals are for? What if they'd had double the emergencies they'd had ? Do they hand out folding camp beds? The people who set the staff rota for weekends,- are they really competent enough to be working in such a high response position? One middle age gent I met on leaving told me he had been there since twelve o'clock mid-day,and he left at 4.30am. This is unacceptable and a disgrace.Oddly I thought, most of the people I met thought there was nothing unusual in these long delays.?? What has happened?