"Why was a suspect stroke left to wait for so long?"
About: North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Newcastle Upon Tyne NE15 8NY University Hospital Of North Durham / Accident and emergency University Hospital Of North Durham Accident and emergency Durham DH1 5TW
Posted by saskie (as ),
I rang for an ambulance because I feared my husband was having another stroke. The ambulance team were brilliant, but we were taken to A&E Durham University Hospital. There we had to stand in a queue for 1 hour with the ambulance crew in attendance till hand over. We were then put in a side ward and left for 4 1/2 hrs. I had to go and ask someone to look at my husband, as he was getting worse.
I think this is appalling as we are told F. A. S. T. something should be done. My husband lost his speech and became very confused whilst waiting to be seen. He had great treatment once he was admitted to ward 2. But I was livid that a stroke patient should be left that long.