Thursday, 18 October 2018

Radio presenter blames NHS for clogged A&E

A RADIO presenter from Peppard has told how his injured daughter had to endure a four-hour wait in accident and emergency during the bank holiday weekend — despite him doing his best to avoid it

A RADIO presenter from Peppard has told how his injured daughter had to endure a four-hour wait in accident and emergency during the bank holiday weekend — despite him doing his best to avoid it.

Andrew Peach, host of BBC Radio Berkshire’s weekday breakfast show, told listeners on Wednesday how daughter Martha injured her wrist while playing in a skate park on Sunday.

He wanted to avoid going to A&E, so he called 111, the NHS non-emergency number, and was advised to go to the minor injuries unit at Abingdon Community Hospital for an X-ray.

But when he and his daughter arrived after a 45-minute drive they were turned away.

Peach said: “We get to Abingdon and they say, ‘you can’t have an X-ray here. No point joining the two-hour queue here, Mr Peach. You need to go to A&E’.

“We drove all the way to Abingdon, that was a bit annoying, and they said ‘you’ve got to go to A&E’, which would be much nearer our house. We were trying to avoid going to A&E at the Royal Berks. This is why A&E gets clogged up because the system makes you go there. It doesn’t give you any alternatives.

“Endlessly we talk about why A&E has got too many visitors. Well here’s why: people who are begging not to go to A&E are made to go there in the end.”

Peach took Martha to the accident and emergency department at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

He said: “She had her little accident at 3pm and we left the John Radcliffe at 9.30pm. There wasn’t even a place to sit down for a seven-year-old girl with an injured wrist.

“We had to stand for four hours before we were seen by anybody.”

Despite the wait, Peach said it was worth doing as it turned out his daughter had suffered a fractured wrist.

He said: “She did need it to be put in plaster. She will be okay in a couple of weeks and obviously everyone we met was absolutely fantastic and polite and calm and looked after us really well but how can you end up in A&E, having been sent to the wrong place in the first instance for something that is so minor?”



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