"Waited in A&E for 4 1/2 hours with a 10 day old..."
About: North Tyneside General Hospital North Tyneside General Hospital North Shields NE29 8NH
We waited for four and half hours in A&E with my 10 day old baby, I'd had a c-section and we were concerned about my baby's breathing rate . We were told by the doctor 'I think he is fine'. We were offered another 4 hour wait to see.a specialist, it was 1am! We returned the next day and demanded immediate attention (we were besides ourselves with worry). Admitted to children's ward at 9am, several doctors amd nurses were not listening to us, we told them our baby had a breathing rep rate if 120 per minute, you could tell they thought we were mad! Eventually, after carrying him to x-ray and holding him down screaming, having an ECG and the ink not working and constantly asking for the results and nurses mot being able to.take his blood pressure, a nurse happened to see his breathing rate. Finally a doctor listened to his pulse and announced he heard a murmur! It was now about 5pm. We travelled to the Freeman, where indeed they confirmed his breathing rate was 120 per minute and he had a large VSD and underwent a 7 hour open heart operation at 10 days old! This is a very brief account of my experience.
I can not bear to think about what would have happened if we had listened to the nurse and doctor in A&E or not been as assertive when we returned the next day. After learning more about a VSD my baby was presenting classic signs of heart failure. I would not have any confidence in returning to this hospital for care.