Sunday, 19 October 2014

Seen in A&E

We do three or four twelve hour shifts a week, and we see EVERYTHING.
  • A nurse covered in white splashes of plaster of paris.
  • A patient being kept nil-by-mouth before going to theatre for emergency surgery, trying to sneak a swig of beer from a can in his bag.
  • A bike helmet, crushed like an eggshell.
  • A floor awash with urine.
  • Doctors and paramedics in bright orange helicopter jumpsuits.
  • Relatives crying and hugging each other.
  • A passport drenched in blood.
  • Porters pushing trolleys around with incredible skill.  How do they never hit anything?
  • Nurses and doctors crowded around the radiographer, who is looking at a patient's brain scan.
  • Nervous looking medical students.
  • People practising walking down the corridors with crutches.
  • A linen skip full of discarded red ambulance blankets.
  • A nurse talking to a patient about cupcake recipes as she puts a needle in his vein to take blood.
  • A man handcuffed to a trolley, escorted everywhere by two tall policemen with crackling radios. 
  • Many, many people whose problems will be solved by going home, taking a paracetamol, and seeing their GP next week.
The new (blue) hospital behind the  old (now a listed building) #london #londonlove #rlh #whitechapel #nofilter
The new, blue, hospital behind the old one


  1. Nancy, you have my complete and utter respect, it must be a very hard job at times. Was it you with the cupcake recipes..?

    1. Nope! Am not allowed to access veins in any way until I'm fully qualified and have had extra, specialist training. Looking forward to it though.

  2. Golly Nancy. Am amazed at the last one.

    1. Each time I have done triage (initial assessment), about 60 to 70% of the people who arrive at A&E under their own steam (ie not by ambulance or helicopter) do not remotely need to be there and get sent back home to see their GP or pharmacist. A shocking proportion I think.

  3. You and your colleagues do such an amazing job and must see so many things that must be hard to deal with. I have total respect for you. xx

  4. What would we all do without people like you and your colleagues in A&E? Thank you!

  5. Oh I could relate to this list in so many ways :-) Including the 60-70% who need to go home and take a paracetamol. The funniest bit about them is that they and their family are so often disappointed :-) My time in ER will be forever associated with the smell of McDonalds - we had a McDonalds upstairs in the hospital foodcourt - an appalling choice for the children's hospital to have made - and almost every family in ER sat there munching it. Ugh!

  6. Miss K has had lots of blood tests recently. the nurses played a game with her catching puffa fish bubbles on a giant screen. we wondered if they played it by themselves if there was ever a quiet moment.

  7. Thank you for all the work done. Nurses have a very stressful job! Big hospital has lots of things happening compared to small towns in the country.


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