Extra service is essential
I read in the local newspaper recently that a new Berwick hospital was to be built, but with no extra facilities than what already exists in the area.
Let me point out what happened to me last week.
My right ear went completely dead so the next day I paid a visit to the local A&E.
My ear was examined by a camera machine and I was told it was blocked.
I asked if it could be attended to, but I was told that the staff were not allowed to do anything for me.
They referred me to a surgery.
I was hoping that a practice nurse could help me. However, I was told that because of the breakdown of a machine, which won’t be replaced, that no longer is this facility available in this area.
I was given a leaflet and instructed that it would have to be done privately at a cost of £40 per ear.
I wouldn’t mind paying, but I asked where I could have it done. I was told it was up to me to find out.
A family member went online and found out that the nearest place to me was at North Shields.
If a new hospital is to be built, surely it is essential that this facility is made available locally.
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