The 80-year-old retired nurse who waited 24 hours in a hospital corridor to be seen

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A retired nurse what should it have wait 24 hours in a corridor to be attended to she is heartbroken by the care provided in the hospitals and the pressure that the healthcare personnel face.

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Val Johnstone, 80 years oldhe spent almost an entire day in a corridor full of patients of the Royal Hospital of LiverpoolFrom United Kingdomafter suffering dizziness and nausea.

Transported by ambulance to hospital

The woman, who lives alone in sheltered accommodation in Woolton, Liverpool, was taken by ambulance to the hospital’s emergency department on Thursday 2 March.

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The collapsed corridor of a British hospital with patients waiting on stretchers.

The collapsed corridor of a British hospital with patients waiting on stretchers.

“It was disgusting to see how many paramedics were stuck there many sick people lined up in the corridorsIt was amazing. There were ambulances lined up outside,” Val explains Echo of Liverpool.

And he adds: “All these paramedics were there to help go to the bathroom, for example, because theyThe nurses couldn’t make it they were too busy taking care of other people.

To make matters worse, he says this case only occurred in the first corridor he was in and people were queuing around it as well.

Eventually they led her into a second corridor, “There were 27 separate spaces and they were all full of people on stretchers“, points out.

In fact, Val confirmed it after more than 24 hours in the hallway doctors evaluated her there, which felt ‘horrible’.

Val Johnstone is disappointed with treatment in UK hospitals.

Val Johnstone is disappointed with treatment in UK hospitals.

Health problems and hospital care

The woman knows the stuff well, as she is a retired nurse. This makes it a voice more than entitled to give an opinion and make comparisons.

“When a doctor evaluates you on a gurney in a corridor, no real privacy, no dignity: Everyone can hear what’s going on. It’s not the staff’s fault, it’s awful what they’re treating,” complains a former nurse with the UK’s National Health Service, popularly known by its acronym NHS.

“Until you’re there you don’t really realize what they’re going through and because NHS staff are on strike. It’s not just about salaries, it’s more about the duty to take care of their patients and how they can do it,” he defended some positions as a reflection The mirror.

Wow, what He is now at home and feeling better.she was an NHS nurse for many years before moving to Portugal in the 1990s where she set up her own nursing service.

Val assures him never worked a 13 or 14 hour shift, but now everyone does it on a daily basis. “I feel so disheartened for them. The system is just broken and no wonder they are quitting their jobs“.

Healthcare grandparents.  NHS Health Service in the UK

Healthcare grandparents. NHS Health Service in the UK

And it brings a reflection that, more than ever, and for the dark present, makes it an odious comparison. “I came into this world and there was no NHS. Then in 1948, we become the envy of the world. Now I’m at an age where we no longer have a wonderful NHS, just crumbling decay.”

Public health: hateful comparisons

David Meliahead of nursing Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustresponded to Johnstone’s comments.

“Like many hospitals, we keep experimenting high levels of demand and challenges discharge patients who no longer need hospital care, which means we cannot always admit patients since first aid (A&E) as fast as we would like.”

“Our A&E colleagues are working incredibly hard to provide safe care in extremely difficult circumstances, and our Patient Advice and Complaints team are available if Val would like to speak to us directly about any aspect of her care,” she says in a mediating tone.

A spokesman for NHS Cheshire and Merseyside said: “Our priority, as always, is ensure safe and high-quality care for people in the areaBut it’s no secret that urgent and emergency services across the country are under significant pressure.”

NHS ambulance staff attend to a patient in Great Britain.  Photo: EFE

NHS ambulance staff attend to a patient in Great Britain. Photo: EFE

The survey shows alarming results

According to the British newspaper, there is a a large number of patients remain in the hospital despite being medically fit to be discharged.

And that “intense and focused work is underway with health and care partners, including local government, to urgently address this challenge”.

The negative context of health, sequel to the phase of the coronavirus pandemicshows that one in four ambulance service staff expect to quit.

And a shocking fact it publishes: more than half say they have witnessed deaths caused by NHS delays.

A record number of overworked NHS staff said they planned to leave ‘as soon as they can find new work’, according to the NHS staff survey of 636,000 workers.

A temporary field hospital

A ‘Nightingale’ temporary field hospital built in a car park at St. Georges Hospital in South London in times of pandemic. Photo: EFE

Ambulance staff has seen a big jump: 24% said they would like to leave their jobs in 2022, up from 16.8% in 2020.

And 40% said they’ve seen errors or near misses in the past year harmed or could have harmed patients or NHS staff. More than determining numbers to think and rethink.

Source: Clarin

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