Woman dies after eight hours waiting to be admitted to hospital


Emergency room at Ulster Hospital

The elderly woman died on Monday night after her condition worsened in an ambulance while she waited about eight hours to be taken to a hospital in Northern Ireland.

The woman was treated by medical staff and paramedics in an ambulance outside Ulster Hospital while she was waiting to get to bed.

He later died in the ambulance ward.

“It is extremely sad that an elderly woman passed away last night in the emergency room at Ulster Hospital,” a statement from the South East Foundation for Health and Social Care read.

The patient’s condition worsened during treatment in the ambulance, as he was treated by the ambulance and hospital medical staff.

Then the patient died in the emergency room.

“Our medical and nursing staff did their best to bring the patient back to life in the ambulance ward.

“The emergency room has been under stress throughout the day, as well as for months.

“There is constant pressure on all emergency departments in Northern Ireland, with patients having to wait longer than we would like to stay in hospital.

“The South East Trust contact the woman’s family. We want to express our deep sorrow for them.

“The trust is conducting a review.”

SDLP health spokesman Colin McGrath said the woman’s death indicated severe pressures on the health service.

South Down MLA said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of an elderly woman who died after an eight-hour wait in an ambulance outside Ulster Hospital. My thoughts also to the paramedics and medical staff who did their best to help this woman under the most difficult of circumstances, is unimaginable.”

“Our staff is increasing every day and suffering from serious injuries due to the current state of our health services.”

McGrath added: “The death of this woman after waiting eight hours in hospital shows just how dire conditions are. We can no longer provide minimum standards of care and this has a serious impact on both patients and staff.

“In such tragic circumstances, this death is yet another reminder of the need to put politics aside and focus on ways we can resolve the crisis in our health care and improve people’s lives on a daily basis.” Nobody should end their life in this situation, we must make We can do everything we can to prevent this from happening again.”

Last month, Ulster Hospital said its emergency room had seen an increase in the number of patients receiving Covid-19.

The Trust also recently issued a series of emergency appeals to nursing staff to assist the emergency departments of Ulster and Lagan Valley Hospitals, as well as the medical wards of any hospital.

The Ministry of Health said there were 473 Covid-19 patients in hospital on Tuesday morning, five of whom are in intensive care.

The hospital’s total capacity is 107% while the capacity occupies 206 beds.

Source: Belfastlive


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