The minor injuries part of the department had to be closed shortly after midnight as the staff were in danger of being overwhelmed by seriously ill people.
Yet the care shown to those of us still waiting was excellent.
Nobody was sent out into the night without advice or treatment where appropriate.
Paradoxically closing the department safeguarded everyone in A&E.
This must have been a hard decision to make and I salute the medical staff for having the courage to take it.
It should not attract management sanction or public opprobrium but be recognized for what it was – good medical practice taken in the interests of all the patients.
My wife lives to fight another day and so, I hope, does everyone caught up in the events of that night.
Most especially I hope the medical and nursing staff do, despite the intense pressures put on them.
No amount of politicians’ waffle will help their situation but we, the public, can. We should not criticize or complain but be thankful that such people are prepared to help us and loudly voice our support.
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