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Mum-of-two collapsed and died of haemorrhage after waiting at Nottingham QMC A&E

The 39-year-old mother of two had been triaged on arrival at A&E and after complaining of a headache.

The woman was found in a chair underneath her coat on 19 January at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

It is understood the 39-year-old, who was triaged on arrival complaining of a headache, waited for more than seven hours to be seen by a doctor.

She died of a brain haemorrhage two days later.

 

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She was told to wait in a chair in the minor cases section of the department at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Now it’s understood she’d been waiting more than seven hours in the busy department.

Last month, after arriving on January 19, she’d been observed by nurses, but hadn’t been seen by a doctor. When her name was eventually called out in the department to see a doctor, she didn’t respond and that’s when she was found by staff unconscious. An internal review of the case involving the family is ongoing, looking into exactly what happened.

Depending on the findings, the case may be escalated to an external, independent investigation. The coroner has been informed the emergency department has been under a lot of strain in Nottingham this winter. In December,  filming inside showing how patients were having to wait on beds in corridors for hours for a space on a ward to become available.

Last month, 51% of patients overall in Nottingham’s A&E waited longer than the target time of 4 hours to be dealt with.

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