British hospitals have ‘little fuel in the tank’ to cope with the corona virus, experts warn as research shows that most vulnerable patients are routinely stranded on corridors in corridors for more than four hours amid a crippling shortage of NHS beds
- One in four people who have admitted this winter have waited four or more hours for a bed
- And one in seven patients was in ambulances outside A&E for 30+ minutes
- Experts say the evidence is that health care would nod in the event of a coronavirus outbreak
The NHS has “little fuel in the tank” to cope with a coronavirus outbreak due to a paralyzing bed deficit, health experts have warned.
Research shows that the most vulnerable patients in the country are routinely stranded on corridors in corridors because of the problem.
Nearly one in four people admitted to departments in December and January had to wait more than four hours before they were given a bed.
The problem has led to a backlog outside the hospitals, which means that one in seven patients also stays behind the ambulances for more than half an hour.
There have only been 13 cases in the UK, all of which are dealt with in specialized departments throughout the country.
But health employers are keen for an increase in infections as 12 European countries have 450 cases and 14 deaths between them.
Helen Buckingham, director of strategy and operations at the Nuffield Trust thinks thanks, the BBC the swine flu pandemic in 2009 showed that the NHS was good at dealing with new diseases.
But she said it would be much more difficult now because the health service has ‘very little in the tank’ when it comes to staff numbers and hospital beds.
199,000 patients – one in four – had four-hour delays on corridors in corridors after they were seen in A&E before a bed was made available to them. That is double the delays observed four years ago
Jill Woolley, 88, (pictured with daughter Samantha Tuck, 54) was left unattended for six hours on a trolley in A&E last year
Research by the BBC, based on NHS England data, revealed today that this winter has been one of the worst winters for A&E departments ever.
It showed that 199,000 patients – one in four – were delayed on trolleys in corridors after being seen in A&E before a bed was made available to them. That is double the delays observed four years ago.
An individual 130,000 patients – one in seven – were taken to the hospital by ambulances and remained stranded for at least half an hour before they could be admitted within the two-month period.
The Royal College of Nursing has destroyed the situation by describing it as ‘unacceptable’, ‘unworthy’ and unsafe for the patients it affects.
A spokesperson claims that many hospitals are now using nurses to work specifically in corridors and to provide oxygen and antibiotic drops because they are so overcrowded.
RCN, president of the relief organization David Smith, told the BBC: “It is not what we want for our patients – it is not worthy and, of course, safety is a concern.
More than 81,000 cases of COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus – have been registered worldwide, with a death toll of nearly 2,800. The UK stands in red for more things
France has reported four new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, including two people returning from Italy – bringing the total to 17
‘We do our best to ensure that they are comfortable and respond when they deteriorate. But it is really disturbing for nurses to see patients like this. “
It comes when Europe remains alert to the corona virus, with Greece today becoming the newest country to confirm a case of the deadly infection around the world.
France also announced that a second patient had died in the midst of growing fear that the escalating crisis in Italy will continue to spread across the continent.
Fifty more cases – including six children – of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in Italy, with a toll after 370. Twelve patients have died.
Nearly a dozen cities have been quarantined in the northern part of the country in a desperate attempt to control the worsening coronavirus crisis.
Cases from Italy have now been confirmed in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Greece and Spain, as well as in Algeria and Brazil.
It comes after thousands of British families traveled to Italy last week during last week’s school break and the Easter holidays are just five weeks away.
More than 81,000 cases of COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus – have been registered worldwide, with a death toll of nearly 2,800.
Family anger after the former NHS medical secretary, 88, suffering from dementia was left behind for SIX HOURS on a trolley in A&E
The 88-year-old was forced to wait six hours in A&E on a trolley, her family claims
The family of a former NHS employee who is now suffering from dementia was furiously left behind after being left unattended for six hours on a trolley in A&E.
Jill Woolley, 88, worked as a medical secretary before she retired and was diagnosed with dementia in June.
Her family members have since been forced to see her health deteriorate, but her daughter was particularly concerned when she reacted poorly to anxiety medication she used on Monday.
Samantha Tuck, 54, from Nuthall, Nottinghamshire, desperately called her doctor for advice after her mother started falling “in and out of consciousness” that afternoon.
The operation insisted on calling an ambulance and she was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham, where she was waiting for hours in an A&E corridor, her family claims.
Doctors later discovered that she had a mild urinary tract infection and that she should not have received the medication.
Her daughter said: ‘They originally said they would get a doctor to visit her or call her and that didn’t happen. They just said “it’s still on our system.”
“We couldn’t take her to the operation because she couldn’t walk. I feel hurt and upset and as if she has been neglected.
“She’s lucky because she has me to defend her – what about all the other people who are alone?”
“Thousands must suffer. Dementia is seen when you are just old. I grieve for my mother and she lives. “
Her family claims that she should not have gone to the hospital in the first place.
Mrs. Tuck went on: “The only thing we wanted was for a doctor or nurse to check her vital functions, but we had to call paramedics and then she had to go through the trauma that she spent six hours on a trolley in the emergency department.
“Only because of the tablets her doctor prescribed. A doctor or nurse could have treated her.
“It was a waste of paramedics’ resources because they were here for more than an hour.
“She was just a name on the screen and nobody did anything about it. The elderly are treated so badly. “
When her daughter called Billborough Medical Center’s surgery at 9.30 a.m., she was offered a home visit or called the doctor.
But when her mother lost consciousness at 2 p.m., they said she should go to the hospital.