RUH patient treated in storage area
A former councillor has voiced concerns over a lack of beds after she was treated in a temporary storage area at the Royal United Hospital.
Carol Paradise claims she had to move beds five times and ended up in a room surrounded by desks and filling cabinets when she went in for a gallbladder operation.
Mrs Paradise, 70, said: "I was moved from pillar to post as there was such a severe lack of beds.
"Every time I moved, all my notes had to be moved, and my family never knew where I would be when they visited.
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"The nurses were fantastic, and I can't fault them, but they were literally having to play chess with sick people.
"They were frantic, trying to do their own jobs and juggle beds.
"People were being sent to other hospitals as there was no bed for them at the RUH."
The RUH said that no beds have been closed this year, and that patients are not being sent to other hospitals unless there was a medical need for such a transfer.
A spokesman said: "During her stay Mrs Paradise was moved to a four-bedded bay on Charlotte Ward which is opened during extremely busy periods and closed during quiet times.
"During quiet periods this bay has been used for storage. We have not closed any beds this financial year, and have actually increased the number of beds.
"No patients have been sent to other hospitals other than those who required specialist services provided at tertiary centres.
"We are sorry to hear that Ms Paradise is unhappy with the treatment she received and would encourage her to contact our patient advice and liaison team to discuss the issue."