Nine-hour wait to see a doctor

I'VE been a patient with Sheffield health trust for over 20 years, needing multiple hospital admissions. In the last two years, I have been admitted to the Northern General several times. I am now in hospital again on the surgical assessment unit.

I was admitted at 1pm and it is now 9.15pm. In these eight-hours, I have seen one junior doctor and been given one lot of intravenous pain relief. I am in extreme agony, with no signs of a doctor to see me. This is not the first time this has happened. There have been times when I've waited up to nine hours to see a doctor.

If you complain to the health trust all you get is a letter saying how well the doctors/nurses are doing. It's nothing more than a farce to cover up the inadequate amount of staff there are to meet patient needs. I lay this problem directly at the chief executive's feet as I've seen how rundown things have become.

I have an excellent consultant who always does his best but I honestly feel at times that not only his hands are tied but those of other doctors and nurses. It's time something was done to alleviate the time patients are left in pain and I respectfully suggest that a few managers are fired and spend the money at ground roots level.

Mrs Phoebe Mozley

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