Belfast Telegraph

OAP dying of cancer was left on trolley at Antrim Area Hospital for 15 hours

By Rebecca Black

The Northern Health Trust has apologised to the family of an 83-year-old woman dying of cancer after she was left on a hospital trolley for more than 15 hours.

The pensioner was brought to Antrim Area Hospital by ambulance at around 4.30pm on Tuesday, where she lay on a trolley until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Her daughter praised the staff as "fantastic", but said she was very concerned at the thought of her ill mother lying on a trolley for so long.

"My mum is dying, she's elderly and extremely frail," the woman, who did not wish to be named, told the BBC.

"I am very concerned about her having to lie on a trolley, not even a proper bed. She has lung cancer. It's just dreadful - imagine lying 15 hours on a hospital trolley."

The pensioner had developed a cough and was advised she needed hospital treatment. An ambulance was called, but took three hours.

When the family arrived at the hospital, they described it as "packed", with staff clearly under pressure.

"There were people everywhere," the pensioner's daughter said. "It was just so busy with lots of people lying on trolleys packed tight against the wall. I wasn't expecting what I saw - it's just a dreadful way to leave your mum."

The trust's director of nursing Olive MacLeod visited the pensioner and issued an apology to the family.

She said the hospital had experienced an exceptionally busy period at the start of this week.

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