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"Could I not be given pain relief?"

About: Geelong Hospital

(as the patient),

I was driven to Geelong Hospital by ambulance.

Was without painkillers 2 days (visible diagnosed chronic pain history) Ambo's were great love your work! I did not present manic or delusional just in pain & tired (hard to sleep when things hurt for the record). I did ask for painkillers as had no relief for almost 3 days, knee/ankle/shoulder etc etc was killing me. ER Nurse was taking details and pain was a 7 on Richter scale pretty hardcore. I repeatedly asked for painkillers nurse advised have wait for Dr 1st. Then psychiatric nurse came & advised me to take some drug I had never heard of. I refused emphatically as I was fine just needed some pain relief & sleep (pain hurts!) also I have had adverse reaction to medications before (again hurts). I repeatedly asked psychiatric nurse for pain relief & to speak to psychiatrist to be assessed I was then advised that I had already been assessed by a Simon. I was shocked & amazed at this considering I had never spoken to Simon let alone laid eyes on him, the psychiatric nurse then came back & aggressively proceeded to advise myself that I was to take 300mg of a medicine (not a pain killer) that I could not do what I was alleged to have done & that if I refused I would be held down forcibly & injected. 2 days without painkillers is a long time when things hurt. I again asked ER nurse for painkillers who appeared to be sympathetic & advised me that I had to wait for a Dr. I did again ask psychiatric nurse for painkillers or was I being denied healthcare in a hospital & if I could be assessed by a real psychiatrist that was visible to the human eye as I would find this comforting (words to that affect). ER Dr did come & apologized for taking so long & thanked me for my patience.

ER was hectic & there were ample witnesses to what had occurred.  I did feel that the psychiatric nurse had completely ignored my pleas for a painkiller, as the drug suggested does absolutely nothing for pain relief. I once more asked psychiatric nurse for pain relief as legs were in excruciating pain to which I was told that they will get you a wheel chair (no pain relief).  Thankfully I was admitted to another hospital shortly thereafter & given painkillers by, I think, a competent unbiased psychiatric nurse. Thank someone for that!  I feel that Simon should actually take his time out to visually & verbally assess all patients. 

In the future I would greatly appreciate not being drugged for no reason as I really don’t like being brain fried on drugs I don't need.

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