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By: Christine P.
Virtua Marlton Hospital
I checked in at (3:30pm) the ER complaining of horrid stomach pain and vomit.Samantha was dismissive,uncaring and rude.After getting the main reason I was there,I asked how long the wait was until I would I was told I had to ask a nurse,there were none to be seen.3 hrs later i was taken into the back.I was asked to change into a gown and once again I sat and waited (40 mins)Then a dr came.He gave "physical" sent me for a ultrasound,2 hours later a cat scan.Inhave appendicitis.They finally agree (it is now almost midnight) to admit me,which again,took another 2 hrs.Today is Friday the 12th.They finally operated on me on Thursday.I now have major pain in my left shoulder.Now, onto the staff of the 4th floor.The nurses and techs up here are amazing. Ines C. (RN) has eased my mind,distracted me from the pain,encouraged me and had generally awesome heart.I still haven't seen a doctor since my pre-opt discussion and even then, I didn't meet the doctor that was actually preformed my surgery.
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