WINCHESTER health watchdogs have expressed concern over the results of a Casualty Watch survey this week which took place at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

One patient waited eight-and-a-half hours to see a psychiatrist and another more than five hours, said the Community Health Council.

CHC chairwoman Lynda Banister said: "We will be asking further about waits for psychiatric attention, which is clearly cause for concern."

The survey began at 4.30pm on Monday.

Several patients were waiting to see a surgeon who had suddenly been taken ill.

The longest wait in this category was someone in a bed who had waited five-and-a-half hours.

The longest trolley wait was three hours and 25 minutes.

Ms Banister added: "It is unfortunate the surgeon on duty was taken ill as this had clearly caused delays in assessment and treatment for those who needed surgical attention. We will make inquiries about procedures for alternative cover.''