My stepson broke the knuckle on his hand today.
He was brought to a Primary Care Unit – cost 60 Euro.
Diagnosis a broken joint – go to A&E and get an Xray. Probably a broken joint and 80% need for surgery to fix it. Brought to a GP Co-op for exam. Cost 60 euro.
Got a letter for A&E.
He asked tonight what’s likely to happen.
He will be brought to a hospital. Open on a Sunday – heating, lights, handwash etc.
He will be met by a receptionist to record his details. Working Sunday.
He will be met by an A&E nurse/doctor for triage. Working Sunday.
He will be sent to XRAY. Expensive equipment in a heated lit environment.
He will be met by a receptionist to confirm his identity and procedure. Working Sunday.
He will be met by a radiologist to take his xray. Working Sunday
He return to A&E with his xray. Clean environment, heating and lighted, security etc.
He will be met by a nurse. Working Sunday.
He will be assessed by a House Doctor. Working Sunday.
The consultant will probably be called to assess the injury. Working Sunday.
He will probably be scheduled for surgery on Monday.
That brings in a different range of personnel. Theatre staff, anaestists etc.
Do I want this – yes I do.
If it was a car crash that happened to my family I would be delighted to know such an organised collection of professionals was available to tend to my family.
Be careful what you wish for……….