About: Ripley Hospital Ripley Hospital Ripley DE5 3HE
Posted by B. Regis
What I liked
I was seen by a member of staff after I booked in at reception within minutes, who explained that though my injury was significant it was not an emergency (which I agree) and was told that I will be seen as soon as a practitioner was free to assess my arm in a cubicle.
Well, not only did I see that practitioner who looked at my arm and reassured me it did not need an x-ray but I also got referred (in no time at all) to a physiotherapist who explained in detail what the damage was.
They put a sling on and was given instructions in how to look after it with a view to seeing the physiotherapist seperately in the future. The practitioner was clear and concise and gave me some discharge documentation and leaflets to read.
All in all, excellent service in my oppinion from great staff!!!
What could be improved
Appart from looking at leaflets in the waiting room there was nothing to divert my attention from my injury. I have been to other minor injuries before and know that 'waiting' is a fact of life before being seen. This can be considerable as injuries may not be urgent but why should the waiting be so monotonous! The T.V. was not working and there was not even music to listen to. I had to put up with listening to less considerate patients who moaned about one thing and another.
I noticed that queueing up for a car park token at reception can be lengthy too!