Patient waited 46 hours at Exeter A&E

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

A patient at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) waited a total of 46 hours and 44 minutes in Accident and Emergency, the third longest wait in the country.

This news comes after it was announced that only 92.5% of patients at the RD&E, during the 2016/2017 year, were being seen within the 4 hour waiting target – down from 94.8% in 2015/2016.
Hospitals are meant to achieve the four hour target in 95% of cases.

Hospitals were asked for details of their longest trolley wait – the time between a decision to admit a patient and their eventual placing on a ward – as it emerges more and more patients are having ‘trolley waits’ lasting more than 24 hours. For the year up to October 2017, 13 trusts reported patients waiting more than a day, up from three trusts the previous year. Five of the ten longest waits were due to shortages of mental health beds.

The patient with the longest delay was at the children’s A&E at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation trust, where a child waited 6 days for a mental health bed ‘outside the organisation.’

Dr Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: “Providers and staff are doing all they can, but without the resources for extra beds, the actions they can take are limited.”