Man Dies On Trolley After Hospital Wait
6 November 2015, 10:06
An elderly man has died after having a heart attack while on a trolley in a corridor at Glasgow's superhospital.
The patient had been waiting six hours for treatment at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital earlier this week.
Health bosses tell us their wards had been "under pressure" when the man arrived and a review is underway.
A statement from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "The patient who sadly passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a six hour wait had an initial assessment by a member of nursing staff on arrival at the Immediate Assessment Unit (IAU) at the hospital."
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the patient’s family at this difficult time. A senior member of our clinical management team has been in direct contact with the family to confirm that a full review of the patients treatment is being carried out and that the outcome will be shared with them when concluded."
"The Unit was fully staffed but was put under extra pressure as a result of a higher than average number of patients attending the department and patients waiting longer than usual to be admitted."
"Whilst the unit was busy we can give you an assurance that there were no blood transfusions taking place in either the corridor or waiting areas."
"Our staff worked extremely hard to ensure patients attending the hospital were assessed, investigated, diagnosed, treated and admitted to a bed or discharged as quickly as possible and we apologise to those patients who had a long wait."