life feels pretty fragile today. partly i'm feeling on edge about the continuing situation with the nuclear power plant in japan, on top the massive loss of life and the number of people left homeless and struggling. also, someone i know* ended up going to the hospital today in an ambulance, because he was suffering from chest pains. he's ok, and probably got discharged this evening, but hearing about his treatment at the hospital leaves a lot to be desired.
apparently he was assured that the problem wasn't with his heart, but they wouldn't keep him overnight for observation. blood tests were done, but even though there was a possibility of kidney stones or gall stones, they refused to test for that. they basically told him that they would make sure he wasn't at risk of death, and once they had done that, he would have to leave.
is this normal? i haven't been to A&E lately, for myself or to support anyone else so i have no idea. but this seems to me to be a very high level of non-service. surely if someone is presenting with something like that, they'd be held while a full range of tests were done? i would expect that there would be some level of preventative care going on, beyond the emergency treatment.
but perhaps resources are so stretched, and the pressure for quick turnaround times for A&E patients have resulted in the minimum level of care being provided. as well as the fact that the private system stands to make gain from sick people who aren't critically ill, who don't get full or proper treatment in the public system.
i know this is one incident, and perhaps other people are having much different experiences at A&E. i sincerely hope so. i would hate to think that this is the norm.
*not a member of my family