Just got back after 3 hours. I took DD2 who is 2years old to A&E as she was beathing quickly, hot and clamy and heartrate very fast (181 when we arrived), SATS were 96, but they sent us round to out of hours GP part so off I went. I sat there for nearly 2 hours with dd2 crying, grumpy, coughing loads and very not herself. But iin this time the people seem to flood in, one was a SF case (I have big ears and reception have loud voices). So SF person put inot side room, after about 20mins persons carer came out yelling how they should be seen quicker, person is sick with SF and therefore more important and low and behold, SF person seen very quickly and then gone, me still sitting there with dd2
I really think person are getting silly about SF, its a flu, not a bloody killer disease. Normal flu kills more than SF has.
sorry very upset that if you stamp feet and yell SF you go to the front.
GP advised us to take DD to A&E with breathing problems last Friday and they had us facemasked up and cordoned off in SF quarantine in a blink of an eye! TBH I'm surprised you didn't get the same treatment as they seemed to be treating anyone with a temperature + cough as a swine flu case.
DD is pretty perky despite breathing too fast and wheezing, too so I have my doubts.
YANBU at all - how horrible for the other parents to say that in front of your dd (and presumably any other child who was waiting) - being ill and in hospital is scary enough for kids without strangers coming along and claiming loudly that they aren't as sick as another child and should wait to be seen. Hope everything was ok when you were eventually seen. And as peanutbutter says - a large glass of wine works wonders
Hope your little one is better soon and that her antibiotics work quickly.
I think it's very difficult to guage priority in a situation like that - the carer may have been agitated because the patient was deteriorating/had underlying health problems, be very agitated etc. If you have your own sick child with you, you tend to be concentrating on them and will not be aware of the full situation with other patients. Unfortunately the demands on the NHS at the minute are awful and whilst it's not ideal, as long as your little girl is on the mend, i'd try not to dwell on it.
Trust me coming out and shouting like this would be more likely to make you wait rather than jump the queue unless there were pressing reasons.
Patients are triaged according to priority so there was probably a good reason why SF patient was seen before you. Not fun with a poorly dc though but sats of 96% would be reassuring to the nurses when they triaged your dd.
(Think I used to know you on due Oct 2007 antenatal thread - hope all going OK with you if so... Saw about your dh on another thread a while back x)