"Confused in A&E"
About: St Helier Hospital St Helier Hospital Carshalton SM5 1AA
Posted by Anonymous
I think you need to a market research study on the A&E / Out of Hours Doctors waiting area. I called 111 and had a scheduled appointment with the OOHD. My husband dropped me off and asked me to find out how long I would be. There is no one you can ask. There is not even an obvious reception point. There are two small signs at the centre of the walk-way, but they did not even attract my attention at first. When I finally found them, I read "For OOHD services, wait here and you will be called". I assumed they meant they would call me by name, so I sat down and waited. It was 20 minutes before I figured out the system, and that I was actually supposed to stand by the sign. If you have never used the A&E before, it is very patient UNfriendly. I can only imagine how helpless walk-ins feel when there is actually an emergency. There is no obvious 'Reception'. If no other improvements are made, at least have the small signs by the chairs say "Queue here." At least that would indicate that you shouldn't sit down.