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ELDERLY WOMAN HAD STROKE SYMPTOMS, WENT A&E & ALLEGEDLY TOLD WAITING TIME = 4 HOURS

Is it normal for A&E waiting time to be long?

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78 year old grandma recently had symptoms similar to a stroke and we were quite worried since she suffered from a stroke before.

So my family brought her to the A&E at around 11pm but we were told the waiting time is 4hours?

Is it normal for the waiting time to be that long and isn’t a suspected stroke considered an emergency? Is there any way we can speed up the waiting time?

Netizens’ comments

  • There is triage before waiting for doctor. The triage is usually quite fast. Maybe they don’t think it’s stroke.
    • Yea the triage nurses are quite experienced. Also the drs will screen the cases in the triage/consult queue and uptriage them to a higher acuity if necessary
  • What symptoms did she have? A suspected stroke out of window (meaning ongoing for past few days) will not be treated with the same hastiness as one that occurred an hour ago.
    Also yes ED is very full and busy. Until now I don’t understand why people pay 140 dollars to walk in for diarrhoea and wait 6 hours to see a dr when they can go to their gp clinic
    • Vision slightly blurry in one eye and also droopy, pain on the right leg and shoulder pain. Which was why we were quite worried :)
  • Your grandma’s condition was assessed not to be life threatening that’s why she’s been told to wait 4hrs. Of course if you notice her condition deteriorating while waiting you should inform the staff to check on her immediately.

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