Im currently on a waiting list to see a surgeon about my back. Now im wondering if im in shitloads of pain and attend the A&E where im on the waiting list, would that help in my way of getting my operation?
Hi Mark, in NZ presenting to A&E definitely would improve your chances of surgery earlier. It gives an indicator of how your pain is NOT controlled and also your presentations to A&E places a burden on an already busy service so the surgeon who will review you at A&E is more likely to arrange an urgent outpatient review... That will lead to earlier surgery. I'm sure Aussie is similar. If your pain is not controlled and you are struggling an A&E presentation is recommended. I have considered doing the same myself... My surgeon was oncall working at A&E!!! ...but I realised I needed planned care, hence I'm seeing my surgeon next Thursday for review. Best wishes