After reading your front page headline story about the man who cut his hand I thought I would tell you mine.
The very next day after he cut his hand I cut my finger on a broken toilet. It was bad enough to get it checked over as my tetanus was not up to date and I thought it should get dressed properly but not bad enough I thought to warrant the journey to A&E.
I arrived at Todmorden clinic with my bleeding finger to be told that, even though I had had blood tests and results there last year, that I was not registered and that they couldn’t see me but to try upstairs.
This I did only to be told there were no nurses or doctors available on a daily basis between the hours of 12 and 3pm. I returned, still bleeding, downstairs to the same response “you’re not registered we cant see you. It’s not my fault.”
Boots were very helpful in telling me to got to A&E after trying to sell me some bandages etc and it wasn’t till the lady at the petrol station said “you’re bleeding, would you like a plaster” had anyone tried to help.
I continued to Halifax where within 40 minutes I had a dressing and jab by a nurse and was sent on my way home. All in all about a three hour experience.
It cost a lot of money to get that huge eyesore of a building put up, to what I thought, to sort minor injuries etc and avoid people unnecessarily traveling long distance for help?
The number of staff I saw far outnumbered the two patients in the waiting room. It didn’t appear to me that they were under pressure.
I am sure they could have seen me if they wanted too and avoid the long and costly (both monetary and environmentally) journey I had to make while bleeding all the way.
With reference to your front page story regarding Tony Thomas and the non-treatment for his cut hand at the health centre - one has to wonder at the explanation given that because the wound had a towel wrapped around it, their policy was only to deal with wounds that hadn’t been dressed.
So, if Mr Thomas had run across the road with blood steming from the wound without the offending towel they would have dressed it but not actually glued or stiched it because they don’t have that facility. I would have thought that a qualification that every doctor and nurse would have is being able to glue or stich a cut hand.
So why don’t they spend a couple of quid and purchase some of that glue and needles and thread!
When I was serving my time as a butcher in the early 60s I required stiches on three occations and attended the Abraham Ormerod Clinic. On each occation the nurse there stiched my wounds without any fuss at all.
It’s a sad state of affairs that you have to travel 12 miles to Halifax Hostpital A&E just to have a few stiches put in a cut hand.