"Accident and Emergency/CDU, Queen Elizabeth Hospital"
About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital / Accident and emergency Queen Elizabeth Hospital Accident and emergency Birmingham B15 2TH
Posted by blueberryjam (as ),
I recently attended the Accident and Emergency department at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
I was seen quite quickly by a doctor and had blood tests and x-ray examinations.
The staff in A and E were all very helpful and professional, explaining what they were doing and why. When I had the x-rays the radiography staff were also very professional and made me feel at ease. I was referred to the surgical team and spent an hour in CDU before being sent home.
Overall I experienced very high quality treatment and I would like to thank all staff involved in my care.
I am an insulin dependent diabetic and this was my first experience of A and E or inpatient care since diagnosis. I did detect a degree of uncertainty amongst some staff about whether I should continue to inject insulin as normal or not.
The prospect of relying on someone else to control my insulin dosages was one that concerned me. Some of the ward staff seemed unsure about allowing a patient to self medicate.
As it turned out, much to my relief, my stay was very short and I was sent home within a few hours. So my question is: does the hospital have a clear policy regarding insulin dependent diabetics and their medicine management?, I. e. when and how their insulin therapy is taken over by hospital staff? Are all clinical staff aware of this policy and when they should allow patients to self manage their insulin injections?