Breast Cancer Patient Is Treated For Sepsis On Hospital Floor Due To 'Lack Of Beds'
Nina White was midway through her fourth round of chemotherapy when her temperature shot up to 38.5 degrees and she began vomiting.
The 46-year-old was rushed to A&E at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, where she was told she had contracted neutropenic sepsis.
However, Nina has claimed she was told by nurses there were no beds available and was left to lie on the floor of a consultation room for an hour while a junior doctor took a blood sample.
Now in remission, she has thanked the NHS for saving her life, but with it being election day, she has appealed to political party leaders put an end to experiences like hers.
The Ramsgate native said: "They were so short staffed that there was nowhere to treat me.
"A junior doctor actually took blood from me whilst I was on the floor. I was laid on the dirty floor. I was really sick. My immune system had collapsed and I had suspected sepsis."
Adding: "I knew I should have been in a separate room and should have been properly looked after in a bed, but I was too poorly to care.
"I laid on the floor for an hour crying. It makes me feel really sad to know I had to go through this. The NHS saved my life, but this should not be happening.
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"This shows the reality of the stress the NHS is under. It needs to be properly financed. We need more doctors and we need more nurses."
Nina said she was eventually given a bed after her neutropenic sepsis diagnosis, and was admitted to hospital for three days for treatment to rebuild her immune system.
The shocking photos come days after pics of a four-year-old boy, Jack Williment-Barr, emerged when he was forced to sleep on the floor of a Leeds hospital as he waited in A&E.
Explaining why she has shared her photos, which were taken in In June 2017, now, Nina said she wants to ensure whoever gets the keys to number 10 will safeguard the future of the NHS.
She also wants to see more money pumped into paying for training for staff and the recruitment of more doctors and nurses.
Commenting on Nina's experience, a spokesman for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust said: "We are very sorry to hear of Ms White's experiences at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in June 2017 and we wholeheartedly apologise that we were unable to provide a more comfortable environment for her to wait for a bed.
"If our hospital is extremely busy and a bed is not immediately available, staff in the emergency department work hard to care for waiting patients and regularly monitor their safety and comfort, as well as controlling their pain.
"Since Ms White's experience, we have increased the capacity of our emergency department by adding an observation ward, and we are now expanding the emergency department further to provide better facilities for patients.
"We will soon be introducing a new service for people with cancer who attend our emergency departments, so they can be admitted to a specialist bed in a timely way."
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