According to reports from the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, patients who attended the emergency department at its Grimsby hospital were forced to queue outside due to “high demand for services”.
The trust said they were experiencing high demand for services – both in terms of A&E attendances and demand for beds. It further stated that the queue outside the A&E was not due to any delays in checking patients in. But that there was not enough physical space to allow all those inside to adhere to social distancing rules.
According to the trust, Staff had regularly assessed patients waiting in the queue. This is an experience one witness had described as frightening.
In similar stories from across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, a former NHS worker, who took her friend, who was having a suspected heart attack, said she was faced with the line of patients outside Diana, at the A&E department of Princess of Wales Hospital.
She expressed her frustration that there were no chairs for anybody to sit down. She also added that even pregnant women and people with children had to stand waiting patiently to be attended to.
In cases of accident or emergency, the accident and emergency unit is usually the department that will receive the victim. Therefore, it is very important that the individual gets the best possible care at this critical stage as any mistake made could be very devastating or fatal.
Accident and Emergency Negligence therefore refers to the failure of the Accident and Emergency department to provide a patient with the right standard of care, acting negligently and thereby causing further pain, injury, trauma or other complications which could have been well avoided.
When this happens, a person can make accident and emergency negligence claims and take legal action against the department for such acts of medical negligence.
The Accident and Emergency department in any hospital is one of the busiest departments and therefore even with the best trained, skillful and experienced staff, there is every likelihood that avoidable mistakes will occur especially as these medical professionals mostly work under intense pressure.
In 2018/2019 year for instance, the Accident and Emergency department received the highest number of medical negligence claims. The total number was 1409 accounting for 13% of all NHS negligence claims. It also received the second highest compensation payout at £422 million. This was 9% of the total compensation amount paid by the NHS that year.
When you suffer negligence in the A&E department, reach out to a medical negligence solicitor specializing in A&E Negligence Claims. He will discuss with you, listen to your story and give you the right legal advice. He will also determine if you can make a claim and guide you throughout the claims process.
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