On March 21 we had first-hand experience of Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s A&E department.
They were stretched to breaking point. My wife was taken into A&E at 6pm with unstable blood pressure and possible cardiac arrest.
People were being treated in the waiting area, treated in an examination bay with only a curtain between them, treated on a chair, as there are no beds. Apparently there were ambulances outside and staff were having to treat patients inside the vehicles.
After treatment, there were no spare beds on the wards, so a temporary ward had to be set up in A&E. This visit to A&E lasted 17 hours. Exhausted staff said this was nothing unusual. In the same Lynn News (Friday, April 8)there were also at least four reports about planning permissions for a great many new houses. Can anyone tell us and the planning department how services are going to be able to cope with the extra inhabitants of these new houses, when they can’t cope now?
Mr R V F Smith, Leziate Drove, Pott Row