Patients left on Leeds hospital trolleys

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Leeds hospital bosses have apologised after patients spent a night on trolleys in a corridor.

Michael Walker was one of several patients who spent hours on the corridor of an assessment ward at St James's Hospital, Leeds, following

a massive rise in demand for beds.

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After 12 hours he was moved to a family room and moved from his trolley – to an armchair.

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Mr Walker, who suffers from the lung condition said: "It's diabolical."

It is the second time in the last two years that the Yorkshire Evening Post has reported on patients being put in corridors at St James's.

Mr Walker was admitted on Sunday evening after having trouble breathing. He had only been out of hospital for two weeks following an eight-day stay.

The 63-year-old said when he was taken to ward 26 there were five patients on trolleys on the corridor and more arrived afterwards.

Mr Walker, of East End Park, Leeds, was later moved into a non-medical room and sat in an armchair.

His brother Anthony said: "I am not happy about him being left in a corridor. He suffers very badly with his breathing and you would've thought he would've been brought to a room or onto a ward."

In March last year the YEP reported on patients being left for up to 18 hours on trolleys on a corridor at the same ward.

A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals said today: "The extreme weather conditions during last week have had a significant impact on demand for beds, and a much higher number of patients than normal at A&E requiring admission.

"We did anticipate this increased demand and have opened more than 50 extra beds across the Trust during the past two weeks to help us cope.

"Despite this, the number of acute admissions over the weekend still outstripped demand, and we regret that some patients admitted waited

longer than we would like for a bed.

"Staff did everything possible to make patients comfortable. The Trust would like to apologise to those patients who have been affected.

"As a result of the significant extra demand we opened 25 extra beds on Monday and continue to monitor the situation extremely closely."

"To find the most appropriate service for treatment and care, people with illness or injury can ring the West Yorkshire Urgent Care Service

on 0345 605 99 99.

"Help and advice is also available from NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

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