"Don't fall sick "out of hours""
About: Princess Royal University Hospital (Orpington) Princess Royal University Hospital (Orpington) Orpington BR6 8ND
Posted by clare
My 3 year old son had a vomiting bug and after calling the out of hours doctor at 6pm Friday night, he told us to go into the A&E at the PRUH. They have a new section where you're assessed I think by a GP and then referred to the children's A&E that you used to go straight to. We finally got to a triage bed by 10pm, not fun when you're child is vomiting blood every few minutes. We then waited until 5am for a doctor to do blood tests as they were on call for A&E, children's ward, any incoming maternity emergencies. At 5am we were ready to be admitted but they had no beds. The closest bed was 3 hospitals away, in Woolwich. Woolwich were great but the PRUH experience was dreadful. Shamefully overstretched with the average treatment time 8 hours. Apparently at night time they only have 2 paediatrians but when they act together on calls, it's basically one. Don't get sick at night!