"She made me feel comfortable and safe and at ease"
About: East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust / Emergency ambulance East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust Emergency ambulance Nottingham NG8 6PY Lincoln County Hospital / Accident and emergency Lincoln County Hospital Accident and emergency Lincoln LN2 5QY
Posted by lincoln1 (as ),
I was walking in town on Monday afternoon when all of a sudden I got severe pain on my right side and lower back, I knew instantly it was my gallstones playing up again, but of all of a sudden I had to sit down quick, as I felt dizzy. So, after sitting down, I called 999 for an ambulance, I was asked a series of questions and was told a health care professional will call me back. So, after about 30 minutes a paramedic called me back who was very friendly asked me what had happened, she the said that she will send an ambulance, but it may take a while as they are very busy, which I replied no problem as it was not cold at the time.
After nearly an hour I called 999 again to see if the ambulance was on it's way, as the pain was severe (10/10) and I was getting very cold by this time, but as I was on the phone the crew arrived, and she left me with them. I was greeted by 2 female paramedics who were very sympathetic and friendly, and apologetic for taking so long. They then immediately took me into the ambulance to make sure I was safe. One of the paramedics who stayed with me whilst the other one took us to Lincoln A&E was asking me what had happened and why. I explained everything to her, and she then started treatment with pain relief and monitoring. She made me feel comfortable and safe and at ease. When finally arrived at Lincoln A&E, we were in a queue to be admitted, as the department was very busy, Julie (paramedic) was still by my side making sure I was still ok and asked if I needed any pain relief. I said, "yes please", to make the pain go away.
2 and a half hours later, the paramedics were still with me, but they had to go, so she handed me over to another paramedic, plus booked me in and she had to leave. The other paramedics were just as professional and friendly. I was finally taken into a cubical where a healthcare support worker and a Junior sister took my obs and some bloods to check everything.
Whilst I was on my own, I was looking round the cubical, I saw blood stains and dirt on the floor and a used gauze pad, it was not clean.
I was finally seen by a junior doctor, who asked all the questions again, did some basic checks, waited for my bloods to come back, asked if I was in pain, to which I replied, "not anymore" and felt ok. So he said, he would speak to his senior and did I mind waiting in the waiting room. I said not at all as the department was extremely busy.
I waited in the waiting room for about 5 minutes, the dr called me back, said everything was normal and was happy to discharge me. Bearing in mind I had 10mls of Morphine IV, was on my own, no transport, they discharged me.
I was not feeling great because of the morphine, but had no choice.
But EMAS were absolutely amazing, and so comforting, it made me feel safe and at ease, The nurses and healthcares were also amazing, even though they was stretched at what they had to work with, I: E, not enough beds or staff! , they still do an excellent job looking after their patients.