"ED wait times for pregnant women"
About: Wonthaggi Hospital / Emergency Department Wonthaggi Hospital Emergency Department Wonthaggi 3995
Posted by wearingdf63 (as ),
I happened to go to the emergency department twice in a matter of days and the first time a person came in, went to the triage very upset with their partner I believe, and proceeded to tell the nurse their concerns about her pregnancy as it was early on and she was bleeding (yes l overheard as there is no privacy as they did not take her into a room and I believe everyone could hear her concern). They triaged her and she sat in the waiting room. Over 2 hours later she was still there as l left. I thought it was disgusting to leave a distressed pregnant woman there and not have her lying down on a bed getting seen to promptly.
A few days later the same thing happened but this time it was my own pregnant relative. This time, we left after waiting 2 and a half hours. She was absolutely beside herself when she got up and told the receptionist she was leaving. She then waited till morning and rushed to the clinic to see an obstetrician who told her they could have called them as they were on call the night before and there is always an obstetrician on call. Something that no one happened to mention. Also, the obstetrician said the midwives could have checked her, yes we are locals, but I believe her husband had already rang them and they told her to wait in ED.
I don't think it is good policy for the emergency department and the midwives to leave very distressed pregnant women waiting for hours.