Air crash man ‘left lying on trolley for hours’
A man left severely brain-damaged as a result of the Kegworth air disaster endured a six-hour wait on a trolley during a visit to Antrim Area Hospital last weekend.
Yvonne McCoy, who is the primary carer for Stephen McCoy, said she was disgusted by the scene of apparent chaos at the hospital’s casualty department.
Mr McCoy was rushed to Antrim Area Hospital last Saturday night after developing breathing problems and Ms McCoy said her brother was left extremely distressed as a result of the experience. She said: “Stephen is prone to chest infections and he was having problems on Saturday night so we rang the out-of-hours doctor and they sent an ambulance out straight away.
“When we arrived at Antrim it was very, very busy. It was like a war zone. The staff were rushed off their feet.
“I feel sorry for them working in those conditions and it’s not fair on them because they are doing their best.
“Stephen was lying on a trolley for six hours and he was very distressed and uncomfortable because he can’t move.
“There were people lying in the corridors on trolleys and they were still there when we left six hours later. It’s clear they can’t cope and it’s not fair on anyone.”
Mr McCoy was aged 16 when he was a passenger on board the British Midlands flight that crashed onto the M1 near Kegworth in 1989.
He was in a coma for six months and was left with profound brain damage after the crash. Of the 126 people aboard, 47 died and 74, including seven members of the flight crew, sustained serious injuries.
Following the announcement by the Northern Trust that it planned to close the A&E units at Mid Ulster and Whiteabbey hospitals, Ms McCoy told the Belfast Telegraph she had serious concerns about the ability of Antrim Area Hospital to cope with her brother’s complex medical needs.