Former nurse spends six days in hospital corridor, highlighting pressures NHS is facing

Retired MBE nurse spends six days awaiting treatment in a hospital corridor, demonstrating the pressures the NHS is facing.

Enid Stevens. Picture: SWNS

A retired nurse was left on a hospital trolley in a corridor for almost one week says her ‘horrendous’ experience demonstrates how NHS pressures are becoming overwhelming

Enid Stevens was forced to wait six days and nights at St James’s University Hospital, in Leeds, after breaking her back.

Her story was featured live on ITV News as she told interviewers how she was ‘wet down from my neck and all my clothes were absolutely soaking’ after becoming incontinent.

Nurse experience

Ms Stevens, who began working as a nurse five years before the NHS was founded, broke down in tears as she recalled the incident. 

Ms Stevens as a nurse. Picture: SWNS

She told the programme: ‘I was left alone for hours and hours. Incontinent – I could not stop it.

‘A nurse passed by so I asked her for some clean clothes, but she never came back so I sat there for five hours wet through.

‘I’m not blaming the hospital or the staff, it was heaving.’

Ms Stevens, who received an MBE for her 41 years in the NHS, called on senior NHS figures to go and see for themselves and added: ‘People above, way above, need to come 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.’


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Julian Hartley said: ‘Unfortunately there are pressures from 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.’

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