"Good service, helped me out with burst eardrum"
About: Bristol Royal Infirmary Bristol Royal Infirmary Bristol BS2 8HW
Posted by Dan White
Had an evening of throat and ear pain, took paracetamol but it didn't help much. At about 2.00 AM on Christmas eve, I woke up with blood on my pillow and leaking out of my ear, pain was intense. If I had a choice, I would have gone to an out of hours GP, but none available and the pain was very bad, so had to go to A&E, despite the fact that I know it costs several times more than a GP appointment would have. On arrival my details were taken efficiently, and I settled down to wait. It was about a two hour wait. I was assessed quickly, told what was happening and what was wrong. As I suspected, throat infection had moved up to my ear, and the pressure had ruptured my eardrum. I was given some fairly large antibiotics to take, and also some Tramadol for the pain, as Paracetamol/Ibuprofen wasn't touching it. The only comment I would make that isn't positive is the fact that I had never taken Tramadol before, and was not informed of some of the side effects. I took the one that I was given in A&E, and by the time all the paperwork was finished and I could go home, it had definitely kicked in. Perhaps it's because the staff are so used to seeing drunk people, but I think I should have been warned not to drive home. Fortunately it was about 5.30 am when I left, so the roads were empty, but when I got home I realised that it wasn't such a great idea. I then slept for 12 hours! Overall, a great service. I feel bad that it probably cost hundreds of pounds to treat my ear infection at an A&E unit, but that's a consequence of the scrapping of GP out of hours facilities.