Paramedic posts shocking footage of 22 ambulances trapped outside the hospital for SIX hours in a row
Fed up paramedic posts shocking video footage of 22 ambulances stuck outside hospital for SIX hours in a row as NHS trust apologizes and says it has been under ‘continued pressure’ for several months
- A student paramedic said they were trapped outside Torbay Hospital for hours
- They posted shocking images of a queue of 22 vehicles outside the emergency room online
- The poster added that they had ‘lost confidence’ that the NHS could be repaired in Devon
- The NHS Trust that runs the hospital apologized for the long delays
A tired student paramedic filming a line of 22 ambulances said they were trapped outside the hospital for six hours.
The frustrated doctor said they were back in line for the sample and hadn’t moved forward in over 6 hours at Torbay Hospital in Devon.
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust apologized for the delays, saying they were due to the hospital being under ‘ongoing pressure’ for several months as a result of the pandemic.
The doctor at Torbay Hospital in Devon told DevonLive: ‘Currently in the back of a row of 22 ambulances. No movement in 6 hours. The staff is broken, the hospital is full. This is not sustainable.
‘Patients are affected and so are the staff. The NHS in South Devon just broke down. There was time to fix this, I don’t think so anymore.’
Ian Currie, medical director at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, told The Sun: ‘Like many hospitals across the country, we have been under continued pressure in our emergency department for several months now.
“Currently, extreme pressure is affecting our ability to admit patients in a timely manner, which means ambulances are currently waiting to discharge patients and we cannot see people as quickly as we would like.
The footage shows a line of ambulances waiting outside Torbay Hospital in Devon
“We would like to offer our sincere apologies to anyone waiting for treatment.
According to The Sun, hospital staff are reeling from the fact that their Christmas parties have been canceled over fears of the recently emerged Omicron Covid variant.
There are also reports suggesting that Torbay Hospital’s beleaguered emergency department has wait times of up to 13 hours for treatment.
The student doctor who filmed the footage told DevonLive they had lost confidence that the NHS could be repaired in Devon
The Omicron variant puts even more pressure on the health service because it copes with the regular winter pressure.
The new strain has led the NHS to plan to scrap even more routine surgeries so staff can shift their focus to the UK’s booster vaccination target of 50 million shots by the end of January, health leaders have warned.
Boris Johnson has pledged to provide all 53 million eligible adults with a booster Covid vaccine by the end of January to protect the nation from the incoming Omicron wave.
Staff shortages and waiting lists already at an all-time high, health chiefs say this will come at the expense of planned surgeries and health scans.
Re-prioritising the Covid vaccine over tackling the immense waiting list for NHS care is a shift in focus from Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who previously said tackling the backlogs was his “top priority” and insisted that it country ‘must learn to live with Covid’ when he was appointed to the role in June.