93-year-old Enid Stevens joined the NHS 75 years ago and says she was left ‘humiliated’ after her stay at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.
Stevens described her experience as ‘horrendous’ and explained she was in horrific pain during her stay. She was placed on a trolley in a corridor as she could not be seen straight away when she arrived, but was left there for almost a week.
The former nurse told ITV News: ‘I was left alone for hours and hours. Incontinent – I could not stop it.
‘I was wet down from my neck and all my clothes were absolutely soaking. It was terrible.’
She added: ‘People above, way above, need to come to St James’s University Hospital and look and see what’s going on. ‘Why is it happening like this? I tell you why, it’s because you’ve shut down all the convalescent homes.’
Chief Executive Julian Hartley said: ‘Unfortunately there are pressures form across the whole health and social care system.
‘Ms Stevens was cared for in a non-designated bed space for longer than is acceptable and I am sorry that we weren’t able to move her to a dedicated bed space during her stay.’
After six days and nights in the corridor, the 93-yaer-old Stevens has now returned home with her daughter.