"Visit to A&E"
About: Colchester General Hospital Colchester General Hospital Colchester CO4 5JL
I had to accompany a friend to the walk-in part of A&E one Saturday night just over a week ago. It was busy and there was a lot of people (not unexpected). Our personal A&E encounter once through triage was excellent. However whilst we were in the waiting area a young woman looking ill (grey, shaking) came in with an older woman who was looking after her. The reception staff provided the ladies with a vomit bowl. The young woman starting retching and vomiting and this continued over a period of time. The young woman had to lie down on the padded bench in the waiting room while she waited. The young woman’s continued clearly audible vomiting was brought to the attention of the receptionists who shrugged and said ‘we know’. I do not know the circumstances of this young woman’s case and what emergencies were being dealt with behind the scenes but it did surprise me that this lady, once she starting vomiting and continued vomiting, was not taken through to somewhere where she could vomit in private, in comfort and safety. I understand from those who work in A&E that people are not normally left vomiting in the walk-in waiting room area. I hope that this was an exception in exceptional circumstances.