2003-01-18 / Letters

Deserves Better Medical Care

Deserves Better Medical Care

Dear Editor;

It was nice to converse with you yesterday regarding my experience at the Peninsula Hospital emergency room on Saturday afternoon January 4.

I had the opportunity to visit the emergency room because I fell and I was in much pain. I checked in with reception and waited to be called. After two or more hours I was called. An attending nurse escorted me to the emergency room where I was seated on a stretcher bed between two other patients. There was no privacy to undress to be seen by the physician. The nurse left the area. However she came back shortly to speak with a patient across the aisle from the three of us. I called the nurse to ask her if I was going to be evaluated by a nurse. At that point, she called me to the wall, took my temperature and blood pressure. My pulse was not taken, nor was I weighed.

Howie, I studied nursing. Also, I have years of expertise working in the medical profession. Also, I have years of visitation in doctors' offices. However this is the first time in history that I ran into this kind of conduct by medical staff.

The nurse did not look at the areas of body where I complained of feeling pain. When she was leaving she said the physician would come to examine me. That never happened. However, an X-ray technician came to take X-rays. When he was finished he sat me outside. I waited quite a while. The doctor finally called me to the station and said, I'm sending you home.

No follow-up appointment was made. No instructions were given on how to care for my pain and bruises. By now I am well ready to go home and use my own knowledge to care for myself. On my way out of E.R. the nurse gave me two pain pills to take. Their conduct is not acceptable. I hope you will help me with this issue. I went there because I had heard a good report about the hospital. I deserve better medical care as well as all other persons in the community.

ELDER MARIE HOPKINS


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