"Long wait for Mother-in-Law in A&E"

About: East Surrey Hospital / Accident and emergency

(as a relative),

Admitted at 05:00 on Tuesday, waited for 5 hours before getting a drink then was left in the A&E department for a further 8 hours without being offered any food.

This is outrageous, 77 year old lady with MS and Raynaud's left on a bed offered no food for over 12 hours.

I look forward to your reply.

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Response from Tasha Gardner, Communications Manager, Marketing and Communications, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear Fatles

Many thanks for your feedback but I was sorry to read your comments which I have shared with our ED matron. If you would like to send me some more details I will pass them onto the ED team who will look into this.


kind regards


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Response from Ben Mearns, Chief of Medicine, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dear Fatles

Thank you for getting in touch. That is completely unacceptable and I will pass this on to the matron in charge straight away for action.

If you are able to give us some more details by email please let me know on ben.mearns@sash.nhs.uk and I can then investigate the specifics.

I'm so sorry that we let you down.

Kindest regards

Dr Ben Mearns

Clinical Lead for Acute & Elderly Medicine

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