The number of patients waiting for more than 12 hours in Scotland’s A&E departments has soared again as flu wreaks havoc. Figures for the week ending January 7 show 1449 people waited more than eight hours – up 293 in a week – and 470 of them were still waiting after 12 hours, a rise of 272. Just 77.9 per cent of all patients entering A&E were seen and treated within the benchmark four-hour window. It was slightly worse than 78 per cent the week before and far below the 95 per cent target.
A great gran who fears she had a stroke gave up trying to get treatment after waiting for seven hours in hospital. Agnes Abercrombie, 62, who has crippling arthritis, was in such pain she couldn’t sit any longer and decided to go home. Even when her GP called an ambulance for her two days later, she waited in vain for more than five hours. Five days after she was told by an optician to go straight to hospital, she has still not seen a stroke specialist.
A great gran who believes she had a stroke gave up trying to get seen by a doctor after waiting for seven hours in hospital. Agnes Abercrombie, 62, who suffers from crippling arthritis, was in such severe pain she couldn’t sit any longer and decided to go home. Even when her GP called an ambulance for her two days later, she again waited in vain for more than five hours. Five days after she was told by an optician to go straight to hospital, she has still not seen a stroke specialist.
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