Singapore: Man with 8cm gash waited 7 hours in vain at hospital only to faint from blood loss

17-08-2013, 05:39 PM

Man with 8cm gash waited 7 hours in vain at A&E only to faint from blood loss !
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STOMPer Isaac says his friend waited seven hours in vain at Changi General Hospital for a doctors to stitch up an 8cm gash on his arm he sustained at work.
His friend’s father eventually decided to relocate him to Mt Alvernia Hospital for treatment, by which time he had passed out from blood loss.
The STOMPer wrote:
“My friend, Lim, in his thirties, suffered a workplace-related accident on Aug 7, at around 11.30am.
“He had fallen down and his right forearm sustained a gash of approximately 8cm length due to a cut from a steel bar.
“His co-workers immediately rushed him to the CGH and they arrived at the Accidents & Emergency department at around noon.
“The staff nurses were quick to administer basic wound dressing and bandage to his wounds, and also an intravenous drip was also given to him.
“Lim’s father also arrived at the hospital at 2pm that day.
“However, even at 3pm, they were told by nurses that doctor was unavailable.
“Every time they asked for a doctor, the nurses would reply the doctor will ‘attend to them in half an hour’.
“To their horror, the doctor still hadn’t come and performed the stitching operation even at 5pm, and the nurses could only ‘top up’ the bandages when the blood seeped through the dressing.
“It was only at 7pm, when Lim said he was feeling faint and going to pass out, that a doctor finally came.
“To their shock, the doctor said there were still four patients waiting in line, and that Lim would have to wait until midnight before he could perform the operation on him.
“Worse still, the doctor even said that he might have to wait until the next morning.
“Upon hearing this, the Lims wanted an immediate transfer to another hospital.
“Much to their chagrin, they were told that ambulances were also unavailable.
“While having to deal with tough luck, the father managed to get his son transferred to Alvernia Hospital, at MacRitchie using his personal vehicle.
“The father was appalled by the doctor’s attitude.
“He said the doctor even shooed them away when he requested to have an immediate transfer.
“He said his son went unconscious as soon as they arrived at Alvernia Hospital, where he finally received the long awaited stitching operation by another surgeon. He received between 15 to 20 stitches.
“The father did receive a ‘concerned’ telephone call from a CGH officer on Aug 16.
“The father reprimanded the hospital staff for their behavior and for having insufficient medical personnel on duty as well as equipment such as ambulances.
“He said the Ministry of Health should look into this matter and seek to improve our hospital’s standards, before someone’s life is lost.”

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