About: Darlington Memorial Hospital Darlington Memorial Hospital Darlington DL3 6HX
My son rang for an ambulance at 10.55pm after breaking his arm. As we no longer have an a&e at Bishop Auckand it took 11/2 hrs to arrive and collect him. I met him at a&e at 12.50am he was asked a few brief questions and we were told to go to the waiting area. The smell of urine was stomach churning and there was vomit on the floor.
He was not seen by a doctor till 4am, he was in terrible pain & I had to request painkillers. At no point were we advised of when he was going to be seen, communication obviously not a strong point!
The doctor who examined him was very abrupt and kept repeatadly asking him to raise his arm & bend his arm back as he was sure my son had only ruptured his bicep, it was clearly impossible for him to raise his arm as he was in severe pain.
My sons arm was finally x rayed and it showed he had broken his humorous. We had to witness the doctor and nurses openly discussing what to do with his arm and the doctor admitting that he did not know what to do.
We finally left a&e at 5am with a box of tramadol and an appointment to return later to the fracture clinic.
The vomit was still on the floor.