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Fuckingforriner Tue 22-Apr-14 15:53:23

I'm waiting at the a and e in at the moment and I hate it.
I have a toddler who loves to scream all the time and I have everyone looking at me as if I can stop the toddler from screaming.

I've got an earache since Friday and when I tried to get to my GP today I was offered a telephone appointment. My phone rang three times and they hanged up as I was picking up the phone.

I'm in a lot of pain and when I get to the reception I found a rude woman who happen to be a nurse. I might be wrong but I noticed she was friendlier to other patients, maybe she didn't like my face, but I can't help thinking it's because I'm a fucking foreigner.

GoodnessIsThatTheTime Tue 22-Apr-14 15:55:46

Why are you in AnE then? HAve you spoken to someone from the surgery/ had the phone appointment/ seen someone?

A and E is for emergencies, not for when the doctors is busy!

MaidOfStars Tue 22-Apr-14 15:56:02

You've gone to A & E with earache?

StillStayingClassySanDiego Tue 22-Apr-14 15:58:36

Why didn't you phone the surgery back after they'd tried to contact you?

MrsMalReynolds Tue 22-Apr-14 15:59:10

How exactly is earache an Accident or an Emergency?

Maybe the "rude" nurse was pissed off with time wasters?

Youdontneedacriminallawyer Tue 22-Apr-14 15:59:17

I can understand that you're in a lot of pain, but A&E is for emergencies and people who have had accidents, not for earache, and it's not really the place to sit around with a difficult toddler either, as you're finding out.

I doubt the receptionist was rude because you're a foreigner, though obvs can't vouch for the her being racist or not. It's more than likely because she's fed up with a stressful job in A&E, when she knows she has to subject people to an xx hour wait.

Are you sure you can't stop your toddler from screaming? Did you think to bring anything to entertain him during the long wait? Is there anyone who could come and pick him up for you and take him away? Or alternatively, would it be worth trying GP again? A nurse might be able to help, if the GP is busy.

mumeeee Tue 22-Apr-14 16:01:31

She was probably rude as you have gone to A and E with an earache. You should have phoned the ssurgery back when you missed the calke

lollipoppi Tue 22-Apr-14 16:01:45

Maybe everyone is looking at you because instead of playing with your toddler to stop the screaming, your on your phone posting on MN?

Also, what do you expect a&e to do about your earache?

ItsSpringBaby Tue 22-Apr-14 16:01:48

You really don't need to go to A&E with earache! Bit silly really. All they are likely to do is take temps etc, perhaps give you some painkillers and tell you to see your GP.

NurseyWursey Tue 22-Apr-14 16:02:25

From your username it would seem you're a bit put out by this imagined 'foreigner' business.

It's awful when you're in pain but it's not an emergency.

JerseySpud Tue 22-Apr-14 16:02:38

Most likely shes pissed off that you are taking up a place in A&E that could be for a real emergency. Its earache.

JerseySpud Tue 22-Apr-14 16:03:09

And if you have had it since Friday do you not have out of hours doctors over there?

SteadyEddie Tue 22-Apr-14 16:06:45

Agree with the others, its not because you are a 'foreigner', but because you are a time-waster.

notthegirlnextdoor Tue 22-Apr-14 16:07:18

Pharmacy First, anyone?

If I can't get a GPs appointment my second port of call is any of the local Pharmacies. They can assess and give painkillers till you can see a GP.

Sparklingbrook Tue 22-Apr-14 16:07:23

So many questions....

gamerchick Tue 22-Apr-14 16:08:43

i don't know what you want the hospital to do though? 2 fizzy co codamols in warm water will kill it in about 10 minutes.. you really need to see your gp.

Fuckingforriner Tue 22-Apr-14 16:09:01

AnI didn't get to speak to the gp because as I said the phone only rang three times and I didn't have a chance to answer the phone. I called back and the receptionist said I had missed my call and I had to wait until tomorrow at 2pm. Trying to get her to understand I'm in pain was like talking to a robot.

I'm in unbelievable pain so I'm not a fucking time waster, I couldn't sleep last night and I can't talk properly or eat anything because it hurts to chew.

I've called my local a and e before going to the hospital and they were the ones who suggested I should get my arse to a and e.

I understand working in a people facing role can be very stressful but like I said, she was friendly to other white people and asked me 'what do you want' when I got there BEFORE she knew what was wrong with me or if it was my toddler the one who needed to be seen...

And yes, once toddler gets started there is nothing that can make her quiet. If I knew I would have done it already. And AFAIK there is nothing 'wrong' with her, it's just her 'personality'.

Tweasels Tue 22-Apr-14 16:09:32

It will definitely be because you are a Foreigner. The NHS is notoriously racist. Not a single black face amongst their staff.

Scoffalotachocfortea Tue 22-Apr-14 16:11:03

Maybe you could ask them to take a look at that chip on your shoulder too while you're there.

shouldnthavesaid Tue 22-Apr-14 16:11:15

Unless you've potentially fractured your skull or have had a head injury, you really have no need to be in A&E.

And speaking from experience - when I've been ill in A&E (actually properly ill, and waiting to be admitted) and when I've been sitting in A&E for hours waiting on my mum (who's again, properly ill and brought in by 999) a screaming child would send me bonkers.

Give her a sweet or something if you have to, don't bloody let her scream in an environment where most people are worried, in pain or distressed.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Tue 22-Apr-14 16:11:49

Why didn't you phone 111 and get an out of hours appointment or phone the doctors back? I have missed a GP consultation before by phone I just phoned back and receptionist informed the GP to try me again?

A&E for earache is a bit much really. You will be such a low priority you could be there hours

EvaBeaversProtege Tue 22-Apr-14 16:12:04

Hope you're seen soon.

It must be awful for so many sick/in pain people having to listen to your toddler scream.

NCISaddict Tue 22-Apr-14 16:12:10

Have you tried proper painkillers? Ibuprofen and codeine? Not surprised the nurse was pissed off with you, it's not an emergency.

usualsuspectt Tue 22-Apr-14 16:12:22

I don't know where to start with this one TBH.

Doristhecamel Tue 22-Apr-14 16:12:37

I would leave A&E and go back to your GP or find a walk in clinic.

Earache is not an sccident or an emergency.

I would put my money on the nurse was more pissed off with you going to an already over stretched A&E department with earache rather than the fact you are a foreigner (as you put it yourself).

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