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Local hospitals not taking ER reservations

New approach being put in place across the nation

February 8, 2013

PARKERSBURG — While some hospitals across the U.S. have started using reservation systems in their emergency departments, local hospitals said they are not doing so at this time....

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Feb-09-13 12:51 PM

Coolbeans, I don't disagree with you about using the ER for life-threatening emergencies but sometimes the ER doc wants you to return to check/remove stitches, check wound, etc. Those are the things I think of when I think of the need for an appt.

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Feb-09-13 8:36 AM

Beans you made a very important point......PROACTIVE. unfortunately it doesn't happen enough.

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Feb-08-13 11:39 PM

I understand those of you who would drive to a hospital in another city. If I had done that when I had the stroke, I could have died, or been seriously impaired for the rest of my life.

I don't believe a doctor in an ER would let someone die just because someone fell down and bumped their head.

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Feb-08-13 8:22 PM

When I had a stroke a couple years ago, I went from MedExpress in Vienna to CCMH. They were already waiting for me in CAT scanning. Two nurses walked me from scanning to the ER so fast, I could barely keep up with them. Within 10 minutes, I was on my way to my room. Thank the Good Lord, my stroke was not life threating, but it was serious.

Some things are more important than others~~stroke, heart attack, car accident, etc. Going to the ER because a bug bit you, or you have a scraped knee, should be triaged to the end of the line.

The nurses and doctors, I'm sure, are doing all they can. CCMH is not a metropolitan~type hospital like OSU or Cleveland Clinic.

Also, it takes time for blood work, X-rays, etc., to get processed.

Hopefully, we will get more doctors and nurses to fill the void.

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Feb-08-13 7:12 PM

Take note that MMH is happy to quote an average wait time but you won't see cc quoting an average wait time. They don't want to see their average wait time of many, many hours in print. Borrowing a quote from another poster on a different article - it went something like this: "when you visit the emergency room at Camden Clark, you need to take your calendar rather than your watch."

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Feb-08-13 6:50 PM

You mean today? Don't think a doctor referal will knock any time off your wait time. I will go to Marietta for ED treatment any day even though my family doctor works out of CCMH. My choice not theirs.

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Feb-08-13 12:04 PM

What brilliant person thought this up... I don't know but when I see Emergancy Room... that makes me think that is where I need to go in case of an emergancy.. when something unexpected happens.. If it were something other than that you go to the doctor/clinic/drug store Let them start a clinic and leave the emaergancy department for what it intended for.. NOT APPOINTMENTS

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Feb-08-13 11:17 AM

Although this unfortunate thing has not thankfully 'hit" WVA yet, I am afraid it is going to happen,given that the lazy bums can go there for free thus tying up prompt service for nonessential emergency treatment as wll as exposing all to germs. Emergency treatment should and will take priority. Having a headache due to stress,sniffles or a sore throat,the reason the bums go to the er is NOT a real emergency,and these folks should be going to a clinic.

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Feb-08-13 10:15 AM

Oh yes, and if it is a real "Emergency Dept", no one should have to call and make an appointment. An emergency is an emergency. If someone has the time to call to get an appointment, it might not be consider an emergency. Call you're doctor, or go to a "care clinic" somewhere.

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Feb-08-13 10:06 AM

If an emergency dept has a fast-tract, and enough help to staff it, no one should have to wait 4 to 5 hrs to be seen. This is strickly poor management at best. As much as one pays, the hosp. needs to hire more help. And don't worry administrators, pretty soon everyone will have insurance, as it will come out of the working class pockets. If you are such a large corporation, and quit lining you're pockets with incoming funds, you could afford to do something with St.Joe. You could at least keep the ER there, plus a day-care unit to hold bad patients over to transport. Again, bad management!!

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Feb-08-13 8:59 AM

I agree Jarhead (by the way SemperFi :), if you aren't real sick going there you will be after sitting in a room with germy people for 4 - 8 hours.

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Feb-08-13 8:58 AM

I can't tell you how many times I have made an appointment to see a doctor at a specifed time and then had to wait for an hour or more to get in. If hospitals go to a call in system will it still be called a waiting room?

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Feb-08-13 7:40 AM

I could see how having a reservation system would be beneficial. Instead of going there and waiting for several hours in basiclly a germ factory you could register online or overr the phone and show up at a designated time for non life thretening issues.

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Feb-08-13 7:39 AM

camden clark "medical" hospital...YOU have unhappy customers no matter what!

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Feb-08-13 12:16 AM

I have been shot!!! can you work me in at 8pm?

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