A&E patient left waiting hours for ward bed as hospital faces unprecedented pressure

ITV News health editor Emily Morgan visited Barnet Hospital, which is congested on a daily basis. She spoke to an A&E patient who waited for hours on a bed in a ward and a Covid patient who didn’t believe the virus was real.


A&E patients have to wait hours for beds to become vacant on the wards in a hospital due to unprecedented pressures.

Barnet Hospital in north London is busy every day, and clinical director Dr. Angshuman Mukherjee explains that he is constantly “juggling beds”.

He explained, “When I get on a shift, I fully expect that we will get to a point where I’ll be juggling beds and getting people out of life.” [resuscitation] Only when they’re okay to step out – not when they’re perfect to get out of, only when they’re fine because I know there is another sicker patient out there who needs the same cabin space. “

He said there have been times when there have been more sick patients than places.

Barnet Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) has a capacity of 275 people, but on a busy day it can be 470 patients.

Around 10% of hospital emergency rooms have to be admitted to a ward, with many having to wait hours for a bed because the wards are full.


80-year-old Roger Butler, who waited hours for a hospital bed with chest pain, said he understood the situation

Roger Butler, 80, who came to the emergency room around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night with chest pain, had to wait for hours for a seat in a ward and was still waiting when ITV News visited him at noon on Thursday.

But he said he fully understands the situation and is happy to wait: “It’s not a very good time with Covid and everything else at the moment, so it will be my turn.”


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There are 35 Covid patients on one ward of the overloaded hospital, most of whom are unvaccinated.

Lukasz Nowak, 41, who is recovering after 12 days in the intensive care unit, is one of these patients.

The delivery driver, who worked throughout the lockdown, said he didn’t receive the vaccine because he didn’t believe Covid-19 was real.


Lukasz Nowak, a delivery driver recovering from Covid in the hospital, said he didn’t get the vaccination because he didn’t believe the virus was real

He said he thought Covid was just the flu and underestimated the virus because he was a healthy, fit man who rarely got sick.

He said, “I see people really, really sick, it’s not a joke.”

He added: “I didn’t believe in Covid [thought it was] normal flu, but now it’s not normal flu. This virus takes my life and takes about 10 years out of my lungs, for example. “

Now, Mr. Nowak is encouraging his friends and colleagues to get the vaccination even if they think they are fit and healthy.

In other words, hospital staff who go out of their way to ensure that every patient is cared for and, in return, beg the public to get vaccinated.

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