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To hate the phrase 'rushed to hospital'.

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HMOD Mon 09-Dec-13 20:20:36

Whenever I see it, I can't help but think 'Yeah but only to sit in the A&E waiting room for three hours with a cut finger/split lip'...hardly the stuff of gripping Casualty episodes.

Seems like people say it to make a situation sound more dramatic than it actually is! And as for checking in on Facebook at 'Local Hospital' not get me started.

Am I being unreasonable?

moondog Mon 09-Dec-13 20:23:10

No. It is buttock clenchingly dreadful.

Sirzy Mon 09-Dec-13 20:23:18

I hate the phrase rushed to hospital when it is in relation to minor things.

There have been times when we have rushed relatives to hospital though when it is literally life or death situations.

But at the end of the day its peoples coping mechanism, may not be what you would do or say but not something worth judging.

formerbabe Mon 09-Dec-13 20:24:14


It's like when tabloids say a celebrity 'jetted in' to make it sound more glamorous!


Food is described as 'pan fried'. What else would you fry it in.

I agree with you

BohemianGirl Mon 09-Dec-13 20:25:13

Dunno. Only time I've used it was in blue light situations. I tend not to broadcast my business to the world.

What do you think constitutes 'rushed to hospital'? Air ambulance? Stranger performing roadside tracheotomy with a Swiss army knife and a straw?

shouldnthavesaid Mon 09-Dec-13 20:27:11

Have only used that phrase twice - once when NHS rang and told me I needed to go to A&E, I said I'd head up after tea and the nurse said 'No, right now. Go.' and once when I was blue lighted as a child

Surely most sensible people wouldn't say rushed unless in a similar scenario??

BIWI Mon 09-Dec-13 20:27:35

Pan-fried is a specific culinary term though. It means something that has been shallow fried as opposed to deep fried.

MelanieRavenswood Mon 09-Dec-13 20:27:40

Every time my mother has said someone she knows was "rushed to hospital", it turns out they went into a drop-in clinic there hmm She does enjoy a bit of drama.

I probably would use it in a genuine emergency though

IhaveNoOpinion Mon 09-Dec-13 20:28:28

Oh no. I am one of those annoying checkers in. I was literally rushed into hospital in ambulance (blue lights and everything) but still found the time to post on FB.

In my defence, although I was very very poorly, I didn't actually feel it and had a nice laugh and joke with the paramedics.

Marrow Mon 09-Dec-13 20:28:31

Well I've been "rushed to hospital" three times. Blue lighted there and very quickly into theatre for emergency surgery. Not sure how else you want me to say it?!

limitedperiodonly Mon 09-Dec-13 20:28:37

I hate 'blue-lighted' more.

BohemianGirl Mon 09-Dec-13 20:30:28

for the 'I hate blue -lighted' ... sent off in the nee-naw nee-naw van

HMOD Mon 09-Dec-13 20:32:50

"Taken to hospital" works, no?

shouldnthavesaid Mon 09-Dec-13 20:33:09

What's wrong with blue lighted if that's what happened? 'I was sent in an ambulance at rapid speed with sirens on' sounds daft..

OHforDUCKSchristmasCake Mon 09-Dec-13 20:33:54

When someone is 'blue lighted' to hospital then they are genuinely rushed to hospital.

Buy so, so many times have I read about dramatics mums saying "We saw the GP at 9.30am and she rushed us to hospital."

Well no, she did no such thing. She advised you to go to hospital and everything turned out ok anyway.

ShoeSmacking Mon 09-Dec-13 20:34:53


jacks365 Mon 09-Dec-13 20:35:33

I hate having to be hurried to hospital in the nee-naw van. I hate the fact that its been necessary. I don't like that a friends son was conveyed there rapidly the other day, we are still hoping he'll pull through.

shouldnthavesaid Mon 09-Dec-13 20:36:22

Must admit when I was in once, with bladder failure and urine retention I felt fine, just a bit pissed off at my new catheter palm and still had time to post on Facebook. 'Twas a 'rush job' and it was serious, but serious doesn't have to mean unconscious. I did check in , so that my flatmates knew where I was etc..

KateShmate Mon 09-Dec-13 20:36:28

I agree that I hate the phrase for minor, silly things - 'Darling child grazed her knee so we had to rush her straight to hospital'.

BUT, we really have had to rush one of our DD's to hospital when she was very poorly. Dr's then rushed her to theatre, then rushed her to a bigger hospital where she was rushed to Paed intensive care and put on a vent. (Sorry grin )
When you re-tell that story, saying that we just 'popped' to the hospital doesn't really cut it; but I totally agree about that phrase in general!

IslaValargeone Mon 09-Dec-13 20:36:42

'blue lighted' is far worse than rushed to hospital.

shouldnthavesaid Mon 09-Dec-13 20:38:39

But why? A couple of you have said its worse and no one has explained why?

Bowlersarm Mon 09-Dec-13 20:40:20


What's wrong with established sayings?

NCISaddict Mon 09-Dec-13 20:40:30

I work for the ambulance service and the number of times I sit in the back with a patient who is on the phone to their friends saying 'I'm being rushed to hospital' I want to shout 'no we're pootling in no sign of rushing at all'. It is astonishingly rare to go in using lights and sirens.

OddFodd Mon 09-Dec-13 20:40:46

Blue lighted is what NHS paramedics say but it literally means if the neenaw is going. My DS was taken to hospital in an ambulance. He wasn't blue lighted. Very few people actually get blue lighted.

He was taken in an ambulance because that was the fastest way to get treatment. If you make your own way there and sit in reception for 2 hours, there's no rush about it.

hazeyjane Mon 09-Dec-13 20:42:31

I don't understand what is so wrong with any of the phrases?if you have to get to hospital quickly, then what's wrong with saying you are 'rushed to hospital'? 'Taken to hospital by an ambulance with lights flashing' is more of a mouthful than 'blue lighted'.

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