PATIENTS are being treated in the hallway to ease the pressure at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s A&E unit.
A designated “corridor nurse” has been taking blood pressure and putting in cannulars while ambulance cases wait to see a doctor.
There were trolleys all the way down the corridor.Mum
But the hospital still has the worst handover times from paramedics to casualty staff in the whole of Lancashire and Cumbria, according to the North West Ambulance Service.
Blackpool’s average time to book a patient in was 24 minutes and six seconds, with the longest single handover just under two hours.
One mother, whose daughter was taken to A&E at the Victoria, revealed: “There were trolleys all the way down the corridor. I saw the corridor nurse. The paramedic said she was treating the first five in the queue.
“There were screens up at the end of the corridor and people were being moved into them.
“The nurse was taking people’s blood pressure and putting cannulars in their arms. I arrived at 8pm and left at 7am and I never saw her move from that post. She never stopped, she looked exhausted.”
A spokesman for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Blackpool, like most other trusts in the country, has been experiencing significant spikes in attendances during the winter months and an increased length of stay in our ward beds which has resulted in congestion at times in A&E.”