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War veteran, 99, left 'crying out in pain' on A&E trolley for 10 hours

A 99-war-old war veteran was left in agony on an A&E trolley in a hospital for almost 10 hours.

Brian Fish, a former captain in the Royal Engineers, was left “crying out in pain” as he endured the long wait at Margate’s Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital, his daughter said. Mr Fish had been urgently admitted to hospital with gall bladder problems.

Details of his ordeal emerged as figures showed the queues at NHS emergency departments are now the longest on record, with one in four patients at major A&Es waiting longer than four hours to be seen or treated in October.

His daughter Hilary Casement, who witnessed her father’s hospital ordeal, said: “It was traumatic for him. He lay for hours crying out in pain on a hard trolley. Eventually, with much pleading from me, he was transferred, actually tipped, on to a slightly more comfortable hospital bed and eventually seen by the kind, but overworked, medical team".

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Source: The Independent, 19 November 2019


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