Posted by blahblah (as ),
I presented to the emergency department after being told to go there by Health Direct. I had bouts of dizziness, was lightheaded all day had been vomiting and could feel unusual heat beats in my chest.
From the beginning, in my opinion, I was made to feel that I was wasting their time. I was told I was having a panic attack. When I reminded the nurse that this had been happening all day, she said - oh well, it's a migraine then sent me to sit alone in the waiting room.
The doctor talked to me in a way that made me feel patronised and that going to the hospital was definitely the wrong thing to do despite only presenting because the health direct advised me to be there.
He then sent me home. I spent the next 6 hours on the bathroom floor vomiting and incredibly dizzy. There was no way I felt I could go back or call for help.