Investigation Launched After Death of Mother, It was presumed that the woman had departed the A&E department because she did not answer to her name being shouted out. A hospital trust has issued an apology and opened an investigation into the death of a woman who was discovered unconscious under her coat during a seven-hour wait in A&E.
Investigation Launched After Death of Mother Found Under Coat in Packed A&E During Seven-Hour Wait
The 39-year-old was seen by nurses three times and her case was upgraded after she was triaged. However, she was presumed to have left the department after failing to react when her name was called multiple times.
She was later discovered unresponsive beneath her coat and transported to urgent care, where she died on January 22. The Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, has opened an investigation into the event.
Dr Keith Girling, the medical director, stated, “I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family during this trying time. “An investigation, which will involve the family, will now take place and until this has been concluded, we are unable to comment further.” Lilian Greenwood, the Labour MP for Nottingham South, told LBC that the death was “a disturbing incident” and urged an investigation.
It comes as it was discovered that in January, there was a significant increase in the number of individuals enduring long delays in A&Es across the UK.
Hospitals are definitely under pressure as winter sets in. In January, the number of persons waiting longer than 12 hours in A&E departments, from decision to admit to actual admission, reached 54,308, a substantial increase from 44,045 in December.
This is the second-highest amount on record, trailing only the record of 54,573 set in December 2022.
The number of persons waiting at least four hours has also increased, from 148,282 in December to 158,721 last month, marking the second-highest amount on record.
Sarah Woolnough, CEO of health and social care charity the King’s Fund, said Thursday’s figures showed that “waiting time standards set by the government – and expected by the public – are consistently being missed.”
She went on to say: “It has been over eight years since the A&E target of 95 percent of people being seen within four hours has been met nationally.”
A representative for the Department of Health and Social Care stated, “Cutting waiting lists is one of the government’s top five priorities, and despite winter pressures and the impact of industrial action, overall NHS waiting lists have decreased for the third month in a row.”
“We’re determined to continue improving patient care, having already delivered on our promise to create 5,000 extra permanent hospital beds and 10,000 hospital-at-home beds, freeing up capacity and cutting waiting times.”