I had a freak accident last night and ended up spending half the night in hospital. I was walking in the Albert Dock area of Liverpool (where I had just been to the Eurovision semi-final), and I tripped over two very large chains that for some inexplicable reason seem to be a permanent fixture across a pedestrian route. It was dark, but in all honesty it would have been easy for the same thing to happen in broad daylight if you weren't paying attention.
I'd like to thank the two art students who called an ambulance and sat with me for 40 minutes or so until it arrived, the parademics who assessed me and took me to hospital, and the medical staff who looked after me when I got there. They were all brilliantly friendly and helpful, Liverpool seems to be such a friendly city. I had a few X-rays and a tetanus jag, but I'm told the wounds are not as bad as they look.
This does give me a little insight into the current state of NHS England, though. I was seen within three hours of arriving at hospital, but the waiting time to see a doctor seemed to be around 6-8 hours. There was a young woman ahead of me who seemed to be very ill and the nurse was apologising for the fact he had to ask her to spend the whole night in a waiting room. "I know it's s***" he said.
I'm not sure I still have the heart to do a blogpost about my Eurovision trip after all this, but I'll see how I feel later on. And for the person who asked about the Survation / True North poll, I'll try to post about that at some point.
Look after yourself James, you can sometimes get a delayed reaction after these things.ReplyDelete
Glad you were looked after and wishing you a speedy recovery. Sounds like you had a reasonable NHS experience considering. Liverpool is not dissimilar to Glasgow in its friendliness I’ve always found.ReplyDelete
Get well soon, still hope you post some EuroVision goodness. If I were a betting man I'd pick Loreen, alas the muscles got me and I'd probable vote Cyprus or Finland for the gigglesReplyDelete
Get well soon, James. You're one of the sanest voices out there, these days.ReplyDelete
A speedy recovery to you James. Hope the Liverpool good times will be what stand out when you look back.ReplyDelete
Get well Mr. Kelly - your calm optimism is highly valued.ReplyDelete
Wishing you a speedy recovery. We do need more doctors and to pay them better.ReplyDelete
Look after yourself, James, I hope you feel better soon.ReplyDelete
where there's blame, there's a claim!ReplyDelete
Get a claim in!ReplyDelete
Glad you're okay.ReplyDelete
Get well soon!ReplyDelete
Get well soon. Need you back to keep schooling me. 😁ReplyDelete