"Wasted visit to A&E"
About: Russells Hall Hospital Russells Hall Hospital Dudley DY1 2HQ
Following an attack of double vision and an hour later by the loss of vision in the right eye, which lasted about 10 mins, my daughter left work and took us to RHH A&E. This was about 3pm. Check in was efficient but told that the wait was about 90mins. due to there being only one facility for eyes???. We were not told that the eye clinic finished at 4.30 ie the time I may have been seen. I eventually went into the cubical at 5.0pm again waiting about 30mins only to be told that nothing could be done and I would have to go to City Rd eye clinic at Birmingham. The nurse did write a letter for me to take and was told that they had phoned ahead and they would expect me that night. It was now nearly 6.0pm and their check in finished at 7.0pm. Fortunately my daughter drove and we got there before they finished. It turned out I was not expected as they had not received a phone call but they agreed to see me. Again the wait was about 2 hours but after that I could not fault the attention. I received a thorough eye check the result being something had restricted the flow of blood to the back of the eye which meant I may have had a mini stroke (not good news). They are putting me on their list for a scan with strict instructions to see my own doctor asap. The result of this is that RHH should have told me to go straight to the eye clinic and not waste time in A&E.