Emer McLysaght: Dazed and confused in a new age of A&E

Our columnist takes a rather thrilling trip to hospital for a headache that just won’t go away

‘The doctor did little to hide the fact that she thought I was an annoying tourist sent to ruin her life’

I got to go on a little holiday last week. An unexpected sojourn within my 5k. A stimulating change of scenery to invigorate my senses and enliven my synapses. Yes, friends, I took an early morning jaunt to my local A&E.

I hadn’t broken or severed anything, but had been advised by my GP to go for a “just in case there’s anything more sinister” check-up after three weeks of an already sinister headache. “You ...