Patients are in ambulances for up to three hours, says a nurse at Whittington Hospital.
As the number of Covid 19 patients continues to increase, a nurse at a London hospital has spoken of her concerns for patient safety and “unbearable” conditions at the hospital.
On condition of anonymity, the nurse, who works at Whittington Hospital in north London, talked to PA Media.
She said that some of the patients were left in the corridors, some were in ambulances for up to three hours because there were insufficient beds, and one was left without oxygen because his bottle ran out.
The nurse said, “I’m worried about patient safety because it’s only going to get worse if these little things are already happening when we’re short on beds and busy.”
I don’t know what else is going to happen – I’m concerned about it.
On Saturday, the UK reported 57,725 cases of Covid 19, the highest daily total ever.
According to official government estimates, there were 445 other deaths, from people who had tested positive during the previous 28 days, taking the total number of deaths to 74,570.
The figures do not reflect findings from across the United Kingdom, as Scotland did not publish data on deaths on Saturday.
Separate statistics published by the U.K. Death statistics agencies that listed Covid-19 on the death certificate, along with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, indicate that 90,000 Covid-19 deaths have occurred in the United Kingdom.
In several parts of England – including London, the South West and the Midlands – the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals is at unprecedented levels, with admissions in excess of the levels achieved during the first wave.
The most recent regular figures indicate that on Saturday, 2,434 patients were admitted to the hospital.
Hospital workers are unable to deal with the surge of patients from the second wave.
“There are not enough nurses to take care of patients – patient safety is being compromised,” the nurse told PA Media. Some are lying in corridors and being cared for in improvised areas, provisional wards for covid patients have been set up, and ICUs are running out of space.
“Staff morale is low – we didn’t even get through the first wave physically, emotionally and mentally, and now we have to deal with this second wave.”
The nurse mentioned discovering a patient with a coronavirus with “multiple health conditions” who had been left after running out of an oxygen tank.
“They said, “He thought he was having oxygen, but he had gone out of the whole cylinder.
No one had checked on him due to staff shortages and nurses being tired.
“He was in a room with an oxygen port on the wall, but he was left on a bottle and no one had gone back to check on him.”
They said nurses were overwhelmed because six beds were put in bays that typically hold four, and in other rooms that had been converted to temporary wards, they had to check on patients.
“You have patients in casts on hospital beds and patients on oxygen in the hallways waiting to be returned to their rooms.”
They said that the hospital was recently placed on a detour, meaning that ambulances were told not to carry patients there so more could not be brought in.
The nurse called for a “complete lockdown” to be enforced by the government and advised the public to obey the restrictions.
“I don’t necessarily blame the public when the messages from this government have been so mixed,” she said. “But I just want them to hear us and hear what we’re saying because it’s really unbearable.”
“While we do not comment on anonymous allegations, we take these allegations very seriously,” a Whittington Health spokeswoman said.
Like the entire NHS, as the number of Covid-positive patients increasingly rises, Whittington Health is currently under pressure.
“However, the safety of our patients remains our top priority and our staff work tirelessly to ensure we can continue to provide safe, effective and compassionate care to those who need it.”