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Have you ever had to wait in a hospital emergency department, whether it be for yourself or someone else?

Did you have to wait long?

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Yes for me...and also at times for my son.

For hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours.
Yes, for myself and with my husband's grandfather, we were there for at least twelve hours.
by Vee
Tonnes of times. Infact we could just move in. Soooooo I am a firm believer that our government is doing the population a disservice by underfunding the hospital system. Code Red shouldn't be the normal.
Always, Always take a book. They are doing their best.
How does Lydia C. Lee know they are doing their best ?
by fran.
What I've seen them have to put up with, and their apologetic manner when they deal with us (for the wait) and that they seem cheery when clearly tired and short staffed...
No I haven't
I don't like using the telephone, so I will use email when possible.
Huh? A reply maybe for a different thread? Look at above question! Lol!
by donjo
Yeah, sorry about that. I had answered for different question, but I was using a tablet at the time and when I clicked send, the page jumped and I hit a different link so ended up putting the answer in the wrong thread.
Yes, I have young kids so a couple of times with things they've done. Also, years ago I broke a bone in my foot and spent about 5 hours waiting for it to be seen. Ouch.
I had to wait at a major Melbourne public hospital for 4 hours. We were warned about the wait time on our arrival to allay any surprises.
There was one surprise in store for us (most of the staff having a farewell tea and cakes for a pregnant, exiting staff member) 15 minutes after the party was over - all staff except for 1 NURSE AND THE DOCTORS went off site for a tea break. I nearly fell off my perch. An old dear who had waited longer than I had, stated that "they deserved their tea break as they work so hard". I WANTED to ask her if she was visually challenged. Amazing what people will put up with because the believe every word they hear.
4 hours is good. We average around 9 hours but that's when you turn up at 8 or 9 pm and get the drunk/drug run adding to the chaos...
yes, an overnighter accompanying my mother. had to sleep up right in a very uncomfortable chair. Thankfully had brought a jacket with me or otherwise it would have been extremely cold AND uncomfortable. The diagnosis did proceed with care from genuine professionals...was just long..
Yes I've spent many many many hours in the emergency department and I've done this many many times.
My son broke his collar bone at School. Picked him up, went to Emergency at Mater Hospital.

From arrival to departure, including x-Rays, was 50 mins. I thought that was marvellous!
Yes I have had to wait, Once as a accompanying family member and once for myself. But was lucky in that I didn't have to wait long.
Yes I have - when my husband was admitted as an emergency to the Wesley in Brisbane. The wait was actually quite short.
I worked for many years in a very busy A & E Department in Edinburgh and sometimes the wait could be fairly long for some non-urgent patients. Urgent cases always took precedence.
No, No waiting. My husband drove himself to hospital, at 2am, while he was having a slight heart attack. They took him in straight away, & he stayed there for 5 days, before being moved to another hospital, for a few more days.
by Miro
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