Northampton General Hospital: Man, 85, 'died due to overcrowding'

From BBC - March 9, 2018

An 85-year-old man died while waiting in an accident and emergency unit because of "dangerous overcrowding", a hospital boss has said.

An email leaked from Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust to the Health Service Journal said the patient died after going to A&E with stomach pain on Wednesday afternoon.

He died after suffering a cardiac arrest early on Thursday morning.

The hospital said the long wait for treatment was "unacceptable".

The man was initially seen and assessed within an hour, and was waiting on a chair to be seen by senior staff after a blood test suggested he may have had heart problems.

But he deteriorated and suffered a cardiac arrest.

'Aware of risk'

The email from the trust's medical director, Matthew Metcalfe, said: "Last night a patient died due entirely to the dangerous overcrowding of the department.


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