Posted 01 August 2003 - 11:22 PM
As someone who's not only from the North West, but the Wirral, itself, and someone who was only 2 weeks ago in the Dermatology department at Clatterbridge, sorry Smudge, but there are indeed two hospitals on the one site. Clatterbridge General, and Clatterbridge Oncology Department. The oncology department also houses the Wirral Breast Centre.
My experiences at Clatterbridge have been wonderful, and I was seen rapidly in all cases (less than 2 weeks between first consultation and specialist consultation).
My experiences at Arrowe Park have neither been shockingly bad nor particularly good. I have been personally taken to the ED there twice, both for suspected broken wrists. My first wait was a 4 hour long wait when I was about 9, and the second lasted only 45 minutes when I was about 12. The second was decidedly shorter, and yet I had a less severe injury. On arrival the first time, I had actually fractured my wrist, but in triage played down my injury because I was afraid I was being a hypochondriac... after being seen through Xray etc, I was told that I should have been melodramatic about the pain and I would have been seen earlier. So on the second visit, which was merely a sprain I got into actress mode and hammed the whole thing up!! Of course this was all before the days of the colour coded ED....