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"Poor service in the emergency ward Armidale Hospital"

About: Armidale Rural Referral Hospital / Emergency Department

(as the patient),

I went to emergency with excruciating pain in head & violent vomiting. After waiting a short while & completing the compulsory form - a nurse offered me 2 tablets. I question what they were - to be told aspirin & codeine - I pointed out to her that on the form I told them I was allergic to aspirin. She then put me down the hall in a room with 2 panadeine & told me she would call a doctor. Meanwhile I was still vomiting & the doctor arrived & asked my husband what did we want him to do.

No examination was made. By this time I told him I thought my head was going to explode. He got the nurse to give me an injection - this was 30 min later - I was then left to throw up for another 30 minutes when the wards man walked past & said he would get someone to help. The doctor came back in & looked in my eyes & got the nurse to give me another needle & said I could see my own doctor the following day which was Saturday - he then sent me home.

I can't believe that I had no tests done in the emergency unit at this hospital - at the time I was sure there was something seriously wrong. I now have to wait til Tuesday as the doctor surgery was too busy to fit me in.

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