Drunks at the hospital

SIR - I found the Lister Hospital Accident and Emergency department appalling on a Friday/Saturday night. I was there with a two-year-old who had woken with sudden breathing difficulty, so I took him to A&E at 11pm and found that drunks from pubs and club

SIR - I found the Lister Hospital Accident and Emergency department appalling on a Friday/Saturday night.

I was there with a two-year-old who had woken with sudden breathing difficulty, so I took him to A&E at 11pm and found that drunks from pubs and clubs with broken hands through punching walls or each other were being seen before us.

There was also a young girl who had been out and had her drink spiked who was left in the waiting area and had not been seen before I left. We eventually were seen at 1.10am and my son only had croup, so it was nothing major but twice I had told the nurse his breathing was getting worse and had no acknowledgement from doctors.

I appreciate they are busy any day of the week but I find it ridiculous drunks and junkies get seen before others who are more vulnerable for less serious issues just to get them 'out of the way'.


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On another recent visit to A&E I had the same problem. I was bleeding quite heavily from a genuine accident and got seen after the pub rush on a week night. I was given a bowl to bleed into!! Should I get drunk and cause a scene next time I go to A&E just to get seen quicker??

JACKIE NELSON

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