NHS crisis left patient ‘waiting 24 hours in ambulance outside hospital’

A Health Service Journal report has revealed the extent of the NHS crisis, with staff shortages and a shortage of hospital beds leading to one person waiting 24 hours in an ambulance last month

A patient had to wait 24 hours in an ambulance due to delays, sources said
A patient had to wait 24 hours in an ambulance due to delays, sources said

A patient has been forced to wait 24 hours in an ambulance outside a hospital due to the ongoing NHS crisis.

There was a continuous stream of harrowing stories of people waiting long hours in excruciating pain for an ambulance, with extreme emergencies being given priority at bottlenecks.

The 24-hour delay in getting an ambulance to the emergency room is one of the worst examples in the past year, revealed by the Health Service Journal.

The report did not name which hospital it was or the health department.

According to NHS regulations, the handover from ambulance staff to the hospital should take no more than 15 minutes.

The crisis of delays in getting patients to the hospital has been worsening month by month, they say


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But that was regularly interrupted by staff shortages and a lack of hospital beds.

The data from the Health Service Journal shows that the situation has generally deteriorated over the past year, with longer delays every month.

Looking back to May 2021, the longest wait was seven hours, and yet just under a year later, in March 2022, one person had to wait 23 hours.

Extreme cases aside, averages are also getting worse with 11,000 people having to wait more than three hours and 4,000 at least five hours in the last month.

Delays in transferring patients to hospitals mean paramedics are then not free to attend to other 999 calls and their time can be wasted.

The problem is not new and has been highlighted by hospital bosses and, in cases where there have been long delays, people have been advised to go to the hospital themselves.

Delays are caused by staff shortages and a lack of hospital beds



An NHS spokesman reported Daily Mailsaid: “Handling more life-threatening ambulance calls and 999 calls answered in April than in the same month in all previous years will have a knock-on effect.

“There is no doubt that the NHS is still under pressure and the latest figures are yet another reminder of the vital importance of community and social care to helping people in hospital get out of hospital when they are in need of it.” able, not just because it’s better for them, but because it helps free up valuable NHS bed space.

The latest monthly performance figures released by NHS England for April 2022 show that 24,138 patients visiting major emergency departments were delayed by 12 hours or more from deciding to admit themselves to a bed in a ward.

This is the highest number of 12-hour waits on record in England and a 7% increase in 12-hour waits compared to March 2022, which also saw a record high.

The situation is now more serious than ever, said Dr. Henderson



dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), said it was an issue that needed to be addressed “urgently”.

You, reported the Manchester evening newssaid: “The emergency and emergency care crisis continues to deepen.

“The data show that 24,000 patients were delayed for 12 hours or more in an emergency department [the] decision on admission. This is a staggering and grim number and should be of serious concern to all political and public health leaders.

“Patients are harmed; Now is the time for a contingency and contingency plan to deal with this crisis.

“The situation is more serious than ever. Patients face long waits for an ambulance, long waits in an ambulance outside an emergency room, and long waits in the emergency room.

“These long wait times delay care and treatment for patients who may be in critical condition, and prevent our highly trained paramedics from returning to the community and responding to urgent and emergency calls.”

The Mirror has reached out to the NHS for comment.

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