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Cancer patient’s 31-hour ‘cattle market’ A&E wait” in Lincoln Hospital A&E department

As the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust recover from a previous ‘critical incident’ it is shocking to read that patients, especially vulnerable patients, are having to wait for such long periods of time in the A&E Department.

A vulnerable patient with advanced cancer says she had to wait nearly 2 ½ days in the A&E Department at Lincoln Hospital, before being admitted to a ward for treatment. 

She also says there were more than 30 other patients also waiting in the Emergency department at that time. 

Her, husband, who had served in the military for nearly 30 years, described it as like a battle zone 

The BBC news article also says “the family of an 83-year-old woman also contacted the BBC to say she waited more than 40 hours in a wheelchair in her nightdress after being taken to the hospital with a suspected brain bleed” 

As we said in a previous blog Click here for blog  in relation to the earlier critical incident “a knock-on effect is that other local hospitals, eg Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, and healthcare services have seen a sharp rise in the numbers of patients, putting strain on their services.” Sadly this knock-on effect appears to have begun to happen. 

Whilst there may have been some delay to your appointment, treatment, surgery etc it should not lead to a serious consequence to your health. If you have a healthcare issue that is time-sensitive then you should let your NHS service provider know as soon as possible, to prevent avoidable harm. 

If you have had an unreasonable wait to be seen, and you have suffered serious consequences, then you may have a claim for clinical negligence. 

If you believe that you may have a claim in relation to the death of a loved one, contact our medical negligence team for a no obligation enquiry.