Hospital swamped as cold snap hits
11 December 2008
Ambulance crews have been severely delayed in reaching 999 calls because a surge in patients falling ill in the cold weather.
The casualty department at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital was swamped with patients yesterday afternoon and evening as the cold temperatures began to bite.
Up to 12 ambulances were forced to queue up outside the hospital during what the NHS described as ‘an unusual’ surge in people requiring emergency treatment.
Witnesses described corridors filled with patients on trolleys as accident and emergency staff worked hard to deal with the influx of people.
The majority of the patients attending hospital had suffered either collapses or chest pains brought on by the freezing temperatures.