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A & E - Casualty
If you find yourself in Casualty / A&E it can be pretty worrying –These departments have been our lifesavers and our most irritating departments with waiting times being the main cause of complaint from the patients, and the staff having to deal with the understandable frustrations. A big part of the job is to keep you informed about waiting times.
These can be life threatening and need urgent attention.
The key aim for all A&E departments is that patients should wait no longer than four hours from admission to discharge, admission or transfer.
If you do not need immediate care or if you are in doubt as to whether you should go to casualty call: - NHS Direct can be contacted on 0845 4647 they will be able to advise you.
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Some injuries require immediate medical care, trauma victims require surgical intervention within the golden hour- this is a critical time for the patient and has a direct impact on the final outcome.
You may be treated immediately; however it is more likely that you will have to wait. The wait will depend on:
There are things that you can do when you go to A&E to help the staff
When you are allowed to go home, you will normally have to make your own arrangements to get home from the hospital, most hospitals have bus routes and taxi firms that are regularly used. Make sure you take the hospitals letter to your GP’s when you attend your next appointment.
Click here for information on transport to hospital
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