Having an accident can be frightening, particularly for a young child. If you, or a member of your family have suffered an accident then visiting the accident and emergency department will probably be necessary and this is a frightening experience in itself. The routine in any accident and emergency room is the same unless you have been admitted by ambulance when you will be taken straight to the doctors.
You will have to register the patient at the reception desk, take a seat and then be called into something called triage. Triage nurses make a quick assessment of your injuries and how urgently you need attention; if you are in a lot of pain they will offer you pain relief while you wait. Then you return to the waiting room to be seen by the doctors. You then wait to see a doctor. You should be prepared to wait for some time if your injuries are minor. While you are waiting you can consider your options to make a compensation claim in Woodley – hospitals will have advertisements in the waiting room that will offer contact details and advice.
Compensation Claim Woodley- Help yourself by understanding simple First Aid.
If you have suffered an accident and do not need to call an ambulance, then there are some basic first aid procedures that can help you while you are waiting to go to the hospital.
- Keep an injured limb raised as this will help keep swelling to a minimum. Try and keep it as still as possible.
- If you have a lot of swelling, a cold compress will help. This can be just a wet cloth, but a useful tool is a bag of frozen peas as these mould to the contours of the body. Always place a cloth underneath the bag so that the ice does not burn your skin. Don’t exert any pressure.
- Bleeding wounds should be covered with a dressing and a light but firm bandage. The pressure will help stem the flow of blood. Bad wounds need to be stitched quickly so don’t delay in getting help if the wound is bad.
- Do not clean any wounds with anything other than salt water as other substances may affect the treatments they will use at the hospital.
- Don’t take any medication either as this may affect the pain relief the hospital can give you.
- Afterwards always follow the treatment that the hospital prescribe; failure to do so can result in further damage or a lack of healing.
If you choose to visit a G.P rather than the hospital, then you can follow the same basic advice before leaving home and you will be able to take some mild pain relief but always remember to inform the doctor what you have taken and when. Always keep all the details of your medical attention to hand as you will need them when you make your compensation claim in Woodley following your accident.
If you want to discuss your injury and potential claim with anyone then why not call Accident Advice Helpline and get some no obligation advice. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile today.
Date Published: 7th October 2013
Author: David Brown