"Waste of resources"
About: Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital Cramlington NE23 6NZ
I was unfortunate to have an sudden severe rectal bleed while on holiday in Northumberland last week are we were advised to go to Hexham hospital by a local resident in the village we stayed at.
We arrived at Hexham( a very impressive unit) and after a short wait to see a Dr who examined me and then contacted your hospital we were told that we would have to be transferred as they could not treat me there.After a considerable wait for transport I was transferred by an emergency ambulance with my wife following on by car.It took my wife a considerable amount of time to find Cramlington as for someone from outside the area signage seemed to be in short supply.
It would have been a better use if a non emergency vehicle had been used as I was embarrassed to think I was taking up a very valuable resource for considerable time.
It was a pity that I could not have been treated at Hexham as this seems to be a waste of a very well equipped hospital + the inconvenience of moving people around over a large area and the resultant waste of resources.
The care I received was excellent although I would preferred not to have spent 2 days of my holidays In your hospitals.