signs. I noticed lots of staff without PPE or even just gloves or a mask. I explained I am autistic, this was not communicated to the staff and no reasonable adjustments were made. Despite A & E being empty, I was there for 6 hours, including waiting for 3 hours for a blood test result. The staff ignored me, even when directly addressed. After 6 hours I told them I was leaving as I was getting really distressed, and then all of a sudden my blood tests results materialised, and so did the doctor. To top it off, the letter sent to my GP gave the wrong diagnosis (just like the last time). Apparently not uncommon. A very distressing experience and there was no excuse for the waiting times or the attitude of the staff. A similar experience happened last year, when I was there for over 8 hours, without any care despite having a potentially life-threatening condition. Again the lack of care from the staff was shocking.
at the Conquest hospital in Hastings. I had never heard of the clinic, nor had any of my friends. However, I had once attended A&E and assumed this is how I was discovered.
I attended and was almost seen immediately by an extremely professional "Frailty Practitioner", the consultation lasting well over an hour. Most people would be prepared to be treated at home, rather than in hospital if this were possible - by doing this, hundreds of beds would become available and thousands of pounds saved.
We hear such adverse reports of the NHS - why has a scheme such as this not been given publicity?