Word of the Week – Fractured

If you read my post on Wednesday then  you will know that my daughter Star has a fractured wrist. She did it at school by falling up the stairs last week. We thought it wasn’t serious but still took her for medical care on a few occasions. However, our lack of urgency meant that we were not prepared to wait for hours to see a doctor. Until Tuesday, by which time we realised she really did need medical care and I went with her to the hospital well prepared to stay all day if we had to. Now she has a splint and we just have to wait for the fracture to heal. Thankfully, Star doesn’t complain too much, she’s been through a lot worse.

I accept that we, as parents, we mainly to blame for her not getting medical treatment sooner, but we have seen first hand at how fractured the NHS currently is. And more disturbingly, how much worse it’s got in recent years. We, as a family, are more than familiar with hospital waiting rooms, but we have never seen it so bad.

When we arrived at the hospital on Tuesday morning we were there quite early and there was around fifteen children in the waiting room already. Within an hour there were more children than I could count and no seats left to sit down on. When we arrived we were seen by a nurse, in a room, who took Stars details, weighed her, took her temperature and gave her some pain relief. An hour later the same nurse was calling names out for parents to go to her in the corridor and taking just the names of the children and a quick reason why they were there. The waiting room was getting fuller and fuller but the thing I noticed most was how few were being called through to see a doctor. We were there for an hour and a half and I think I heard no more than ten children called through. These were children with different medical issues, so would not all be seeing the same doctors. The board on the wall showed how illnesses and injuries were catagorised and how the more urgent ones would be called through earlier. Earlier still meant at least an hours wait. My heart went out to those poor sick babies who obviously needed help but had to sit around for hours being nursed by stressed out parents.

I can’t blame the hospital, they do a wonderful job, I have nothing but praise for them. But only a week ago a young toddler lost his life at the same hospital because he had not been treated soon enough. Why is it so bad? It’s obvious the staff are working hard, but there really does not seem to be enough staff to cope. The hospital is broken and needs fixing soon before any more young lives are lost.

It’s not just this hospital though, I’ve heard stories of people waiting for hours and hours for treatment from A&E hospitals all over the country. Of course there has always been waiting, but the time left waiting seems to have increased so much more than before. The last thing you want to do is sit around waiting when you are sick or injured. More people are giving up the wait because they feel so ill, then what happens to them if it’s something really serious, there are two options, they die or they require an ambulance which puts even more stress on the emergency department.

Then there are ambulance waits, a friend dealing with a sick old man found in the street had to wait over half an hour for an ambulance to arrive. The man could have died in that time.

Have you had any poor experiences with hospitals lately?

The Reading Residence


  1. November 24, 2017 / 11:59 am

    I'm glad that Star managed to get the help she needed in the end. What an awful wait, sounds so slow and as you say, it's lack of staff and resources, the doctors that are then can only see so many people. The last time we needed a hospital was the Children's Hospital, where I'd say we were seen relatively quickly, though still around thirty minutes late, and that was with an appointment. It is worrying, you're quite right x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  2. November 24, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    Oh no! Poor Star! I hope her wrist is better soon.
    It is such a shame that the waits are so long in hospital. It just goes to show how understaffed they are.
    The last time we were in A&E was when my teen fell off her scooter and we thought she had broken her nose. Thankfully we were in and out within about three hours but I have heard of people waiting a lot longer. x

  3. mummyhereandthere
    November 24, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    I am glad it got resolved, I can imagine it being hell, dare not think what it is going to be like in a few years time. I hope your daughter makes a speedy recovery X #wotw

  4. angiemwebster77
    November 25, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Oh poor Star, I hope she heals quickly. The NHS is under so much strain and I think overcrowded doctors surgeries are partly to blame, in some areas people can't even get an emergency appointment so end up going straight to A&E for something that could have been resolved at the surgery. I once waited in A&E for 9 hours in excruitiating pain because they couldn't decide where I needed to go. I would rather suffer at home than face that again x

  5. liquoriceuk
    November 29, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Poor Star, hope her wrist heals quickly. I've definitely noticed a difference when it comes to our cardiology outpatients appointments – we've had a lot more waiting around and its felt a lot more disjointed. I can't fault our experience on the ward itself though – even with the cancellations that we've had for Jessica's surgery. The NHS is under so much strain at the moment though and it does worry me hugely about what is going to happen with it. #WotW

  6. ourlittleescapades
    December 1, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Poor Star, I'm glad she did get seen but I totally understand the waiting. Coming from Greater London and knowing waiting times there moving to deep Essex was a nice change. It is getting busier now. They have even closed our autism unit that diagnosed my son, that is very worrying! #WotW Sorry I'm late

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