Sick 93-year-old woman ‘forced to sleep overnight on chair in Antrim Hospital during 24-hour bed wait’

Antrim Area Hospital

A SICK 93-year-old woman was forced to sleep on a chair overnight as she waited for a hospital bed at Antrim Area Hospital.

NI Patient Voice revealed details of the situation just before 10am on Monday.

It is believed the woman first attended Antrim Area Hospital’s Emergency Department at 11am on Sunday morning with her daughter.

But 24 hours on the elderly lady, who has been described as “off her feet”, had still not been properly admitted to the hospital to be treated for an infection, it was claimed.

Aidan Hanna from NI Patient Voice was quoted on ‘Belfast Live’ as saying: “This family got in touch with us saying that they were really, really unhappy that she was put to sleep on a chair overnight.

“The lady was brought to hospital on Sunday morning and she was still there 24 hours later because there were no beds available.

“Someone who is 93 in 2020 should be in a bed in the hour.”

A spokesperson for the Northern Health Trust, which oversees Antrim Area Hospital, told ‘Belfast Live’: “Antrim Emergency Department is currently under significant pressure and a number of patients are awaiting admission to beds.

“We are unable to comment on individual cases, however, all efforts are being made to ensure patients are seen as quickly and safely as possible.

“We would like to thank staff for their continued hard work at this time.”

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