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‘Immunocompromised’ myeloma patient nursed on corridor outside oncology ward

Family say “nursing staff agreed wholeheartedly that the situation is appalling and that this shouldn’t be happening”.

Image: Louise Cairns

The myeloma patient was found by loved-ones being nursed on a bed outside a specialist oncology ward before being taken home by family.

The 81-year-old multiple myeloma patient was deemed the most appropriate patient, by hospital management, to nurse in a corridor outside an Oncology ward at the St James’s Institute Of Oncology part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Inside a Facebook post, the family criticise the actions of an ‘off-site manager’ after finding their immunocompromised mum, diagnosed with multiple myeloma and admitted with a subsequent chest infection, being nurse in a cold corridor. They go on to explain that staff were asked to make the impossible choice of deciding who was the least unwell patient to move after the hospital became short of beds.

Inside the post on social media, the family claim;

“At 6.30am they had woken her up disoriented and moved her bed into the corridor as someone more ill needed the bed.

“She had gone into the day room as she was freezing cold and it was impossible to rest in the corridor (with the patient toilets right next to her).

“Just before I was leaving I went to the desk to ask where they were moving her to, only to be told that they weren’t moving her anywhere that the hospital was in crisis and that this is the situation on lots of wards. The nursing staff have to choose the least ill patient on the ward and put them in the corridor to make more room.

The family reportedly took the patient home in a bid to provide better care and felt further insulted by being provided with a leaflet which claimed the trusts ‘highest priority’ was ‘safety, dignity and comfort’ after nursing staff agreeing this was “appalling and that this shouldn’t be happening”.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has repeatedly warned that we are potentially going into ‘the worst winter on record’ and have recommended and urgent patient safety review but the Government have failed to respond.

Last year the Red Cross declared a ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ after NHS Trusts were unable to keep up with the rising demand for services.