Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Scotland's A&E crisis? What crisis?

I had a bit of an accident while dealing with powerful, 1 kg magnets in the laboratory today which resulted in them flying together at considerable speed. My hand was in the way, and I suffered crush injuries and lost a minor part of a hand. The accident happened at 15:30. 

After waiting for the ambulance, having pain relief and first aid administered; being triaged at A&E, given pain relief and initial hospital treatement; being sent for an X-ray; being X-rayed; having the results of the X-ray analysed; getting immediate necessary treatment to remove some of the fragments of bone which were embedded in the wound; having the wound cleaned, dressed and treated; having antibiotics and painkillers prescribed; having the prescribed drugs dispensed; and registering at the Royal Infirmary's trauma clinic for appointments to have my dressings and strappings changed and the progress of my healing observed, I was released.

It was five to five.

This is an A&E unit serving the centre of Scotland's largest city, and the areas of our country which suffer the poorest health and social conditions, yet from accident to release took less than 90 minutes.

Perhaps it isn't true that Scotland's A&E units are in crisis. Perhaps our great NHS staff - in A&E and beyond - are doing their very best to serve us. 

Perhaps the continued slurs on them by those who don't have the best interests of either our country or our National Health Service at heart is a politically-motivated and downright malicious attack. 

When I broke my ankle while living in Ireland, I had to pay €350 for treatment at Our Lady's Hospital in Drogheda because the Irish health service, the Health Service Executive, is privatised - to less than the extent that the Tories, Ukip and some elements of Labour want to privatise Scotland's NHS.

So instead of continuing their despicable attacks on our NHS and its staff, perhaps it would be more becoming for everyone in our body politic to recognise and praise their achievements. 


  1. Hope you are OK. Sounds like you have a cool job, magnets are great fun.

  2. sounds dangerous, hope you feel fine now!

    Greetings from me.
    accident claims Scotland