LETTER: A 19-hour wait in A&E to start the new year
Having read your article about Dewsbury A&E over the festive period I felt I had to get in touch.
My mother-in-law is one of the constituents that MP Tracy Brabin refers to.
In the article it states that people were using A&E that didn’t need to.
I would like to point out my mother-in-law started with a common cold which left her with bad chesty cough.
I rang 111 at lunchtime on January 1 and asked for a doctor to visit as she is elderly and disabled.
We were contacted over five hours later and were advised that over 100 people were in front of us waiting for a doctor and that we would have to wait until the next day.
Within a couple of hours my mother-in-law deteriorated and we called 111 again.
This time they then sent an emergency ambulance. So, after trying to avoid putting pressure on our local A&E department, we were forced to use Dewsbury A&E.
I witnessed some shocking scene that evening in the department.
We were left waiting 19 hours for a place on a ward.
If people were using A&E unnecessarily then why was there a 19-hour wait for a bed on a ward?
It might explain the need to see an A&E doctor, but not on the wait to be found a bed.
Once on a ward I witnessed nursing staff left with no choice but to put two patients in a cubicle.
Christine Warrillow, by email