I had the unfortunate experience of our local hospital last week as my daughter fell of a horse, suffering concussion and a broken rib.
As she had been taken to the first walk-in centre where she was terribly confused they then called an ambulance to take her to the big hospital in Ashford.  I followed in my car and waited at the ambulance area for her.  My first reaction was shock as there appeared to be a queue involving people on beds, in wheelchairs and standing, this was before you even got into the A & E  department.  As Billie was unconscious for 5 to 10 minutes and things could be masked by the time-lapse it was immediately decided that she went straight into the trauma unit.  This is the third time I have gone through this department with Billie and I have told her it is making me grey and old.
The doctor was wonderful and she was soon rigged up to all the machines, her heart was beating extremely fast.  I was concerned more about her head as 11 years ago she was in a terrible accident resulting in a coma and brain damage, they explained it by broken roads in her brain and the brain then makes new roads round the damage.  Billie does suffer from headaches and I take her for 32 injections in her head every 3 months, these help with the pain most months.
The doctor did a scan of all her organs to make sure there was no damage to them, full blood works also putting in a canola and hooking a drip up to keep her fluids up and gave her some painkiller through it, then we were waiting for a CT scan of her whole body.  In the end the doctor pushed her trolley round to the CT department and did the CT himself as he wanted to monitor her while it was being done.  I was impressed by this, what a wonderful man.
We were then taken to the A & E department as had to wait for a consultant to look at CT.  This was when I was appalled at the amount of people laying in their beds.  They have halved every cubicle to make more room, so there is only enough room for the bed and a doctor to walk up the side, relatives sit at the end of the bed if there is a chair available.  Beds filled half the walkway and the doctors area, it was chaotic but I must say that all the staff were absolutely amazing as it must be so hard-working in these conditions.
I would estimate that over half of the injured patients were old people who had already been seen but were waiting for a bed in a ward to be available.  I see the problem as being that we are all living much longer now so more people get poorly and need hospital treatment so we need more wards or maybe some new hospitals for the over 60’s.  A simple solution but a huge problem as the NHS is struggling with lack of money which then makes there a lack of staff so definitely no money for new hospitals.  I dread to think what will happen as there is no easy fix for the NHS I just hope and pray I do not get ill and have to go to hospital, I told Billie to never leave me in A&E on my own.
After about an hour our doctor, I must add that it was wonderful to just have one experienced doctor to deal with, came over and spoke to us, telling us that there was indeed a broken rib, so to take it easy, painkillers to keep on top of the pain and to cough deep to clear her lungs.  There was nothing sinister showing up in her head so it was concussion and by then she had a really bad headache.  So another experience of Billie getting injured relatively over and I took her home.  It is very hard for Billie to take it easy as not only has she got 3 horses, 3 children but she also works at the yard for other people.  5 days after this Billie had a very confused period that again worried us all as her memory was failing about recent events but luckily after  a long nights sleep she appeared to be ok, thank goodness.
I think she should wear her hat even just walking in yard and cleaning stables as I am not sure how much her more her poor head can take.  Why couldn’t she just like dogs or cats?



  1. 21st February 2017 / 4:26 pm

    I have to say the care by nurses and doctors is the best, I have no complaints at all.

  2. 21st February 2017 / 1:16 am

    I hope your daughter will be on the mend soon. I’m always fascinated by other countries’ health and insurance systems since ours here is always on the brink of some kind of major (and scary) overhaul. Are you satisfied with the level of care she’s received in spite of the overcrowding? Could they still do better?
    Best of luck! – Marty

  3. 20th February 2017 / 10:20 pm

    She is on the mend, thank you x

  4. 20th February 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Hope she feels better soon!

  5. 20th February 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Thank you, she’s ok now. Think it’s worth for the parent x

  6. 20th February 2017 / 3:01 pm

    I know, I was so shocked x

  7. 20th February 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I’m glad she got seen and sorted comparatively quickly Karen, I dread to think about going anywhere near a hospital . . .

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