About: University Hospital Of North Durham University Hospital Of North Durham Durham DH1 5TW
Whilst appreciating the difficulties faced by the NHS our experiences at Durham University hospital today were not comforting. Our four year old son was taken to A and E yesterday following a head injury and after waiting nearly two hours (told it would be a 30 minute wait) we were rushed through and told to bring him back to hospital the following day for surgery. As told we arrived the following day at 7.00 AM to be told some time afterwards that we should not have arrived until 10.00 and our son would not be seen until after lunch.
The nurse openly informed us that the time confusion "often" occurs with the A and E department. After a further wait we were informed that our son may be "squeezed" in earlier for surgery and therefore was unable to have a sip of water.
It was surprising to see a high number of staff sitting around talking throughout our stay on the treetops unit, however it did make it easier for us to ask questions and request pain relief for our son. The surgeon eventually saw us at lunch time and after examining our son informed us that they were unable to carry out the surgery today as theatre was busy and he was not a priority. We were asked to return the following day at 11.00 but were informed that the surgery again may not go ahead. Overall we left feeling unconfident with the treatment and care our son received.