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Posted by marsnk78 (as ),
One night recently I was admitted through the Emergency Department at Armadale Memorial Hospital. Waiting a couple of hours, I was on the floor in the corner of the room unable to sit or stand, but I was left there groaning in agony holding my abdominal area. A person who came in after me who seemed not as bad off as me, was even taken through before me. I was embarrassed as people looked at me on the floor groaning asking me if I was okay.
When brought through I had bloods taken and a urine sample, I was given a Mylanta type drink, I believe to numb my throat and lots of pain killers through a drip. After 15 minutes my pain calmed down to just being a tender pain around the abdominal / naval area. When the doctor came to examine me, I explained over the few weeks I had been getting pains sometimes even passing out after an hour from it, but I thought it was something I ate or just adult colic. I treated this with Gaviscon and Buscopan, as I had tried earlier that night too, but after an hour of chronic pain that wasn’t calming down I opted to go to the Emergency Department.
The doctor pressed my tummy area, when getting to the appendix area I was in a lot of pain, she asked do I suffer panic attacks and it’s most likely just menstrual / ovulation pain of some sort. After 5 minutes of her seeing me I was released to go home. I was quite uncomfortable still and I was recommended to go see my GP the following day and ask for a Gastroscopy.
As soon as my GP called me in and examined me herself, she said straight away this is your appendix. I was in nowhere near as severe pain as I was the night before, she referred me to the Emergency Department at Fiona Stanley Hospital. I was taken straight into a bed the minute I spoke to the triage nurse, and as soon as examined they knew it was appendicitis. That night I was in surgery to have my appendix removed, as I had acute appendicitis and it was very inflamed.
I never received a discharge letter from Armadale Memorial Hospital which both my GP and Fiona Stanley Hospital asked for.
I am very unhappy with the way I was treated. I was in need of help with a common condition that I believe could be easily identified and I felt like I was just given some sort of analgesia and sent away.
Should my appendix have burst it could have caused me some serious complications.