Not everyone has the time or patience to sit in the ER waiting room for over an hour. I only go to the hospital whenever it is absolutely the last resort and I seriously need to go. I came in today,... more because it feels as if my throat is swelling shut and I have not eaten anything in 4 days. It was obviously not something serious, because I had to sit in waiting area for over and hour, so I left. I will try another physician tomorrow and hope to have better luck.
The third shift ER deskstaff fall asleep while you're speaking to them, literally! They ask the same question numerous times because they nodded off the first time you replied. The third shift nurses in... more the back were worse. From 3-7am, they say in the middle of the floor area and gossips, bashed and cursed. For hours, they were loud and rude. There was urine in a cup from 4am to 8am when I told daylight it was still there. Daylight shift is even better! They have no empathy or bedside manners. The female Dr spoke to me with immediate "I'm better than you" attitude and it didn't get much better because I challenged her professionalism. She failed. They speak to you with a very in your face approach rather than a caring one. I don't know who's teaching, training, even RAISING these people, but they need to figure another approach out. HORRIBLE. AND NOT THE FIRST TIME. ALTOONA IS WORTH an extra few mins.
Rate of readmission after discharge from hospital (hospital-wide)
Rate - 18.0% (2% above the national rate)
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