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Should i go to A&E? and when's the quietest time to go?

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    I fell from a fair height 2 weeks ago and hurt my wrist. I assumed it was a sprain as the pain didn't match up to how I would expect a broken bone to feel but its been 2 weeks and my wrist is still quite sore on impact, pain at times when stationary and I can't move it up or down fully.
    Thinking I should have seen more progress by now I phoned my doctor to see about booking in for an X-Ray but they said the only way to get it X-Rayed is through A&E. Should I get it X-Rayed or will I just be wasting resources that could have been better used?
    If so what is the quietest time to go?
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    A&E will be fairly unimpressed with you if you turn up with a 2 week old injury.

    I'm very surprised that your doctor gave that advice, as it is neither true nor appropriate. If you go and see your GP they should be able to take a look at your wrist, advise treatment, and book an outpatient x-ray at the hospital if they feel it would be helpful.

    Please don't go to A&E with this unless your GP practice is ABSURDLY bad
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    (Original post by Ghotay)
    A&E will be fairly unimpressed with you if you turn up with a 2 week old injury.

    I'm very surprised that your doctor gave that advice, as it is neither true nor appropriate. If you go and see your GP they should be able to take a look at your wrist, advise treatment, and book an outpatient x-ray at the hospital if they feel it would be helpful.

    Please don't go to A&E with this unless your GP practice is ABSURDLY bad
    This is exactly what I was thinking, I had phoned up thinking I could just book an appointment as it is not an emergency and I can easily wait another couple of days, but I also phoned the hospital to ask about booking in and they said it would have to be through A&E. I was told the doctor could see me for an appointment but if he thought it needed an x-ray he would still tell me to go to A&E.
    Have you any advice for simply getting an x-ray booked without going private? My GP made it clear booking through him wasn't an option
    I'm worried about leaving it too long and it not healing correctly.
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    Tuesday mornings at 0930 are not the busiest time in A&E
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    (Original post by Ghotay)
    A&E will be fairly unimpressed with you if you turn up with a 2 week old injury.

    I'm very surprised that your doctor gave that advice, as it is neither true nor appropriate. If you go and see your GP they should be able to take a look at your wrist, advise treatment, and book an outpatient x-ray at the hospital if they feel it would be helpful.

    Please don't go to A&E with this unless your GP practice is ABSURDLY bad
    Phoned the GP again and found out the reason I'm being told to go to A&E is our local one also contains a minor injuries unit which is why I'm being told to go there
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    Phoned the GP again and found out the reason I'm being told to go to A&E is our local one also contains a minor injuries unit which is why I'm being told to go there
    Okay then, call the hospital and ask about minor injuries so you know where to go and when it's open (assuming you haven't already). My local is kinda iffy about weather it is part of A&E or a seperate place, so just be sure ou don't book into the wrong place. Good luck with your wrist- hope it's not anything like a break.

    For future referance, if you are unsure where to go call 111. They can tell you where to go, put you on the phone with docs/ nurses and book appointments for you.
 
 
 
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