Patients arriving at North Manchester Hospital claimed that they had to wait 13 hours at A&E.
A man who was admitted to Crimson Hospital with his wife on Friday morning (July 2) said the area was “crowded” and he had to stand in line to be greeted.
A photo sent to MEN shows a whiteboard in the waiting area for an accident and emergency, stating that the approximate waiting time was about 13 and a half hours.
The Board read Friday, July 2, 2021.
The Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, confirmed that they and other health care providers in the city were “facing high levels of demand at the moment.”
The man, who asked not to be named, said he arrived at the hospital with his wife around 10 a.m. Friday when he was instructed to do so by the GP.
She was diagnosed with pneumonia six weeks ago and today she was presented with A + E with respiratory problems.
“After seeing the GP, we were told he would go to the hospital and we should make our way to A&E,” said her husband.
“It was packed when we arrived. There was a queue outside for the reception.
“They were trying to get people to come on their own, but most people ignored it.
“The board here said it had to wait 13 hours when we got there. That hasn’t changed.”
The man said his wife was finally called in at 3pm on Friday, but people arriving at the hospital were still being told to wait more than 13 hours.
He said, “I saw a woman in her 80s come in who was told by her GP that she would be told only to be told that she could wait up to 13 hours. ۔ “
“My wife had pneumonia six weeks ago and we are here today for respiratory problems so it is very serious.
“When I looked at the board and it said 13 o’clock I rang the doctor’s bell and asked if there was anything they could do to see us quickly.”
The man said he was ready to start calling every hospital between Manchester and Birmingham if he did not see his wife by the end of the day.
“I don’t know what went wrong here, but when it comes to 13 hours, something particularly went wrong,” he said.
“There are about 17 or 18 people here at the moment. It’s a very small waiting area and people are trying their best to distance themselves from society.
“Luckily when I arrived I straightened up and my wife got a wheelchair. Some people have to wait when they get up.
“I have no doubt that these nurses and doctors are doing an amazing job and this is not their digging but something has gone very wrong here.”
Patients attending A&E at Manchester Royal Infirmary earlier this month MEN understands that, about ten hours of queues were encountered.
Another night, A&E patients waited eight hours.
The hospital owners said that some patients could not enter the triage waiting room as the number of patients admitted to the MRI emergency department was higher than usual.
As a result, similar queues formed outside the department, he said.
A spokesman for the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said: “Along with other healthcare providers, we are currently facing a high demand for our services, including our emergency department at North Manchester General Hospital.
“Our staff is focused on providing safe care to all of our patients and we have strong practices in place to help us maintain the growth in demand.”