Reader letter: ‘Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital needs a bigger A&E’

Doctors and nurses at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo: James Bass.

Doctors and nurses at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo: James Bass. - Credit: Evening News © 2009

I recently had an angina attack at the end of a concert and was quickly seen by the St John's Ambulance members present, a first responder and a musician paramedic.

Within 10 minutes I was also seen by an ambulance crew and given an ECG aboard. The on-site treatment and attention was excellent, as was the follow-up treatment in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

However, I have the following observations from my experience. Ambulances will never reach their targets and be available if as seems normal they are kept waiting in a queue at the hospital.

The A&E department needs to be bigger so patients are not kept waiting on trolleys in the corridor, and more staff are needed in the A&E so patients are not kept waiting for so long before receiving assessment and treatment.

As a senior citizen with known heart problems this was the longest I have had to wait on any rushed in visit. More resources for our NHS is my message to the government.


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•John Wellings, Harvey Lane, Norwich.

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