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Creative Commons License photo credit: a.drianWhen you visit the emergency department of a hospital, you may see a variety of clinical staff. This includes your initial visit with the triage nurse to assess the severity of the condition. It can also include a nurse practitioner, who can help treat patients that are waiting in the emergency department by determining whether they could be treated better or quicker in a different part of the hospital. The nurse practitioner may be able to even treat a patient immediately after a quick examination.

Once you have been called for treatment in the emergency department, other clinical staff will see you including doctors and another set of nurses. In the event that you need x-rays completed, the x-rays could be completed by another set of nurses and doctors. Many emergency room visits can be followed up by your traditional local doctor instead of through a repeat visit to the emergency department of the hospital.

While you may feel like this means a lot of unfamiliar clinical staff treating your during a visit to the emergency department, this method means that the most specialized clinical staff will be treating you at all times. This staff knows how to do their job well, even in the case of an emergency.

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The triage staff of the emergency departments of all hospitals, including the Sydney Hospital and the Sydney Eye Hospital, does an important task. They make sure that patients get seen according to their medical needs as quickly as possible.

In this way, someone that has a vital medical emergency will be seen before someone with a non-emergency problem, regardless of their arrival order. In other words, the triage nurse sorts patients upon arrival. You will be interviewed by the triage nurse to assess the level of the problem with your health.

This triage nurse is specially trained at assessing problems, and this system is used throughout Australia to ensure that emergency departments are operated efficiently and quickly. The first person you talk to in the emergency department will be the triage nurse. If your condition changes or worsens after you have been initially seen the tirage nurse, you need to let the nurse know that your condition has changed, and this could impact the order that you will be seen by a doctor or a nurse practitioner.

This sorting practice makes sure that the sickest patients get treated first, and that those that can wait a little bit longer without increasing their suffering often do have long wait times.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Trojan631If you need to see a doctor, but your condition is not quite an emergency situation, it can be tempting to go to the emergency department anyway. In a non-emergency situation, you can often still be in pain, and you can make yourself believe that you should just go to a doctor at the emergency department.

But since patients are triaged at the emergency department, it may be more efficient if you go to see your regular doctor instead. This is because the triage nurse sorts all patients according to their level of need, not by their arrival time at the hospital. If you have a non-emergency and go to the emergency department anyways, this could mean quite a bit of waiting for you.

The advantages of going to your regular medical centre for treatment in a non-emergency situation include getting to go to the same doctor for follow-up treatment, shorter waiting times, and letting those patients that are suffering from true emergency conditions to be seen by a doctor as quickly as possible. Even if you can’t make it to your local doctor, there are still after hours medical centres that may be a better option to you in a non-emergency situation than visiting your local emergency department.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: vonderauvisualsIf you are in pain, it is easy to think that you should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. But how do you know if it is necessary to visit an emergency department or not? The reason that emergency departments are there at all is to provide treatment to those condition that would become much more serious issues and problems if they aren’t treated as soon as possible.

The emergency department should not be treated as your regular doctor or medical option, but only in the situation is the name applies, in the case of an emergency. Patients are triaged in the emergency department by= the triage nurse, so if your symptoms aren’t particularly serious, you may actually be treated more efficiently with less waiting at your regular doctor’s office. All patients are seen at the hospital, regardless of their financial status and ability to pay. In addition, there is a non-discrimination policy in place for patients, meaning that your privacy will be respected and treatment will be provided to all patients.

This is regardless of culture, your religious beliefs, disabilities, or sexual orientation. If you are suffering from an emergency, it is important to get treatment as quickly as possible.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Defence ImagesIf you are suffering from eye-related emergencies, you may be wondering whether you should wait until you can get to your regular doctor for treatment, or visit the Sydney Eye Hospital Emergency Department as quickly as possible. A good rule of thumb to use as to whether a visit to the emergency department is necessary is to consider whether or not the condition will get worse if you leave it untreated for any length of time. For example, if a something gets stuck in your eye, and your eye is at risk of being scratched if it is not removed as soon as possible, you may want to get yourself to the emergency department. This is not referring to a common piece of dust or an eyelash, but more to a piece of metal or something sharp that could do lasting damage.

Other eye-related problems include one eye that suddenly goes dark, like a curtain in coming down over the eye itself. Remember that in the case of an emergency, a triage nurse will see you when you get to the emergency department, and patients will be treated as to the seriousness of the injury, not according to their arrival time to the hospital.

The Sydney Hospital and the Sydney Eye Hospital have an emergency department available to patients in need of emergency hospital treatment. This means that they need for treatment is urgent and serious and cannot wait for a visit to your normal doctor during traditional office hours. The hospital emergency department is located at 8 Macquarie St, Sydney and can be reached via telephone at 9382 7111. This emergency department is open to all patients over 16 and regardless of their financial need. The Emergency Department of the Sydney Hospital and the Sydney Eye Hospital is located within the South Eastern Sydney Health Service Area.

Like all emergency departments in Australia, your condition will be assessed upon arrival from a trained triage nurse. The more urgent the medical emergency, the quicker you will be seen. If you believe that your condition does not require emergency medical attention, it may make more sense for you to wait and see your doctor when they can see you, since you might have to wait until a doctor is free if you go to the emergency department without a true emergency. However, if it is truly an emergency, don’t delay, and get yourself to the emergency department closest to you as quickly as possible.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: alexkessWhile visiting an emergency department in a hospital is one option to you in the case of an emergency in Sydney, there are also numerous other emergency services available in the Sydney. In the case of an accidental ingestion of poison, or even just information about the possible ingestion of poison, the NSW Poisons Information Centre is available via telephone at 131 126. If you are in need of assistance for mental health issues, there are multiple mental health services available to you in various parts of the city.

These include services in the South Eastern Sydney Area and the Illawarra area. Sometimes an emergency includes sexual assaults and abuse, and there is a Sexual Abuse Help Line available to those that need assistance. The Child Protection Unit can also be reached by telephone with both a daytime business hours numbers and an after hour telephone number as well.

These specialised telephone help lines and various physical support offices are able to provide specific professional assistance to a wide variety of emergencies. If you think that you might be in an emergency situation but aren’t sure, the best thing to do is to call and talk to someone. In an emergency situation it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: kenjonbroIf you suffer from an injury or other medical emergency which necessitates a hospital treatment while in Sydney, there are several options available to you for treatment. These hospital emergency departments are open for every hour of the day, even if they day is considered a public holiday.

Please limit visits to the emergency department to true emergencies, to allow for the efficient medical treatments of all emergencies. A hospital emergency department will prioritize patients according to the seriousness of the injury itself. This is done by the triage nurse, which means that someone with a professional medical training will help determine who needs attention in what order.

If you are younger than 16 years of age, then a children’s hospital is the best bet for your treatment, while adults can be seen at any of the other hospitals. Although a hospital treats patients regardless of your financial status, it is still important to be able to establish your identity. If you are physically able to bring identification information with you, it can save you a lot of headaches in the future.

If you have a medical issue that is not a medical emergency, visit your doctor during regular business hours, and this generally saves you a lot of unnecessary waiting time.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Funky64 (www.lucarossato.com)After forming in 1981, the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation has conducted an impressive amount of work in eye research and supporting training for future leaders in ophthalmology. With their primary mission of raising funds for the development of the Sydney Eye Hospital, the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation raises money and increases the number of members in the foundation which has allowed the Hospital to acquire specialised equipment and operating rooms that would have been unavailable to them otherwise.

In addition to additional equipment and more specialised facilities for training and operations, the Foundation supports the rehabilitation work at the Hospital, which allows patients suffering from low vision to use rehabilitation services at the Hospital. The Foundation also helps to support he Fellowship program at the Hospital, meaning better trained ophthalmologists will continue to receive the highest level of training. The Foundation is not just concerned with current eye training, facilities, and equipment, but the Foundation also supports research into future health solutions through its funding of research into preventing blindness. This critical research demonstrates the forward thinking actions of the Foundation. The Sydney Eye Hospital has become known for its high level of service, and the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation helps to make this possible.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: woodleywonderworksOne of the most important ways you can support the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation and its research is by donating money to the Foundation in support of its mission. Donations to the Foundation can be made simply, quickly, and easily. If you are comfortable with a computer, donating online is a simple and easy process. If donating via the computer is not for you, you can also mail in your donation to GPO Box 1614 Sydney 2001.

A donor information form is available via the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation’s web site and should be mailed in with your donation. You can also donate to the Foundation via email or telephone if you have any questions or would like more assistance with your donation. Some people prefer not having to think about their donation at all, and have set up an automatic draft from their credit card to the Foundation.

This option means that you never have to worry about the donation procedure once it is set up, and it is automatically taken of for you. In addition to providing the necessary funding for great research and training, your donation is also tax-deductible, providing you with one more reason to donate to the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation.