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Patient told to leave at 3am

6th March 2007

A 58-year-old heart patient was told to leave his bed at 3am to make way for an emergency admission.

Mohammed Khan then endured four hours on a trolley in a busy waiting room before being moved to a chair at Llandough hospital near Cardiff.  He had been admitted to hospital with chest pains and a bloody cough following a recent triple by-pass operation.  The father of six said he was then awoken at 3am by three male nurses telling him he had to leave his bed.  "I had great faith in the NHS but unfortunately my trust has been destroyed," said Mr Khan.  He added that there were up to five other people aged between 60 and 70 also being forced to remain in the waiting room that night.

Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust has apologised to Mr Khan.  A spokeswoman for the trust said the hospital was under enormous strain as it is experiencing severe delays in the transfer of patients.  She added, "We currently have 208 beds unavailable for new admissions because they are being used by patients who no longer need them but cannot be moved until their ongoing care needs have been resolved. This is creating unacceptable delays and distress for new patients."

It is understood that the trust is holding talks with local authority partners and the Welsh assembly government to try and resolve these mounting problems.


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