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90-year-old patient left in hospital corridor for five hours
10:31am Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
A HAMPSHIRE hospital has launched an investigation after a 90-year-old dementia patient was left for nearly five hours on a trolley in a corridor awaiting treatment.
Pam Bailey, of Fareham, went to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Portsmouth, suffering from a water infection, vomiting and dehydration.
She was handed over by the ambulance crew to staff at the accident and emergency department at 6.20pm and was left waiting until after 11pm to be seen in a treatment room.
The former Women’s Royal Naval Servicewoman said that she was left shaken by the ordeal and feels it has taken years off her life.
Now Mrs Bailey has made a formal complaint to the hospital concerning the wait and her subsequent treatment.
A Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust spokeswoman said: “We make every effort to ensure patient experience is of a high standard and place patients at the centre of everything we do. We strive to ensure that patients coming into the emergency department are seen within four hours of arrival, however we have recently experienced an unprecedented increase in attendances.
“We are unable to comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.”