At the same time, Britain’s The Sunday Times reported that last week an emergency room patient had to wait 99 hours before being admitted to a hospital bed. And parents recounted how their sick children were forced to sleep in chairs when the NHS faced a worsening crisis this winter. The anonymous patient was taken to Great Western Swindon Hospital in an ambulance last week, but was left waiting on a stretcher for four days as staff frantically tried to find an available bed for him.
An intensive care doctor at Great Western Hospital told the publication: “We are devastated and no one is listening to us,” while John Westbrook, the hospital’s chief medical officer, wrote in an email to staff: “We are seeing more cases than we we think”. seen before.” earlier in our clinical career. Meanwhile, in Oxford, in the pediatric emergency room at John Radcliffe Hospital, the Daily Mail reported that a three-year-old girl was seen curled up in a plastic chair, trying to sleep after hours of waiting for medical care Some patients were forced to lie on the floor in a busy ER due to a lack of beds A woman visiting the Royal Liverpool Hospital with her elderly mother said the corridors were packed of patients lying in carts She said the 78-year-old man was there for two days, and another patient with suspected stroke was in a chair for 24 hours without assistance b According to an eyewitness, in the ER, the people were lying on the ground, screaming in pain and waiting for hours to see a doctor.Eyewitnesses described the scene as “soul-destroying” as that the overworked nurses did their best under the circumstances. At the entrance to the hospital emergency room, there was a queue of 15 ambulances, in which there were patients.
It has come to light that UK ambulance workers are being urged to conserve oxygen supplies due to increased demand for small cylinders used in ambulances and emergency rooms.
UK health officials have warned this winter is likely to be the worst on record for emergency wait times as hospitals struggle to cope with a growing influx of flu and strep A patients.