Visiting the accident and emergency department can be a daunting experience, but if you have suffered an accident then this is something that you will probably need to do. The basic principle behind any accident and emergency room across the UK is the same unless you have been admitted by ambulance: register at the reception desk and then see the triage nurse. Triage assess your injury and how urgent it is. You then wait to see a doctor. If you are lucky, your visit could be quick; if you are unlucky, you may have to wait several hours. If you are looking to make a compensation claim, you will need to contact an injury lawyer in Felixstowe. The local area may have local firms that can help, and you will find plenty of advertisements in hospital waiting room.
Understanding Simple First Aid
If you have suffered an accident while out and about and do not need to call an ambulance, there are some basic first aid procedures that can help you while you are waiting to go to the hospital:
- If you have a sprain or suspected fracture, keep the offending limb raised and as still as possible. This helps to reduce the swelling in the area.
- If there is a lot of swelling, you can apply a cold compress. 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.
- If you have a bleeding wound, cover it with a dressing and a light but firm bandage. The pressure will help to stem the flow of blood. Wounds need to be stitched quite 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, as this may affect the pain relief the hospital 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 GP rather than the hospital, follow the above advice. If your visit is going to be more than four hours then you can take some pain relief while you wait, but always advise the doctor as to what you have taken. Remember that anti-inflammatories will help reduce swelling. Keep all details of medical attention received to hand, as you will need them when you make your claim through an injury lawyer in Felixstowe.
If you want to discuss your injury and potential claim with anyone, speak to an injury lawyer in Felixstowe or call Accident Advice Helpline and get some free no-obligation advice. Call 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, today.
Date Published: 13th November 2013
Author: David Brown