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Readers’ panel: Is ‘corridor care’ proof that the system is broken?

Nurses have described how ‘corridor nursing’ has increasingly become the norm
Nurses report that corridor care, or boarding, has increasingly become the norm in NHS hospitals

Nurses have described how corridor nursing has increasingly become the norm in NHS hospitals. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Almost two thirds of nurse respondents to a Nursing Standard survey said that providing care for patients on trolleys in hospital corridors is a daily occurrence in their workplace.

Daniel Athey is a charge nurse on an acute medical unit in Sheffield @danjathey

Corridor nursing, or boarding, has long been an issue in emergency departments and assessment areas. It is sad that this is becoming more widespread, but the system is under unbearable pressure

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Nurses have described how ‘corridor nursing’ has increasingly become the norm in NHS hospitals. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Nurses report that corridor care, or boarding, has increasingly become the norm in NHS hospitals
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Almost two thirds of nurse respondents to a Nursing Standard survey said that providing care for patients on trolleys in hospital corridors is a daily occurrence in their workplace.

Daniel Athey is a charge nurse on an acute medical unit in Sheffield 
@danjathey

Corridor nursing, or boarding, has long been an issue in emergency departments and assessment areas. It is sad that this is becoming more widespread, but the system is under unbearable pressure and the practice is a ‘best-case’ response to government cuts and chronic underfunding. Following last year’s election result, I fear the situation is only going to get worse. But I’m pleased to say we do not have this in my current workplace, and it’s something I hope not to see. 


Grant Byrne is a nursing student in Edinburgh
@GGByrne

Our NHS is struggling, that much is obvious. With record nursing vacancies across the UK, waiting time targets repeatedly missed and stories of poor care littering the media, the evidence is plain to see. But what we haven’t seen is any meaningful action from Westminster. Isn’t it time nurses stopped asking nicely? Strikes have won an improved pay offer in Northern Ireland, so should we be considering similar action in other parts of the UK to protect our patients? If change is not forthcoming soon, we will need bigger corridors.


Liz Charalambous is a staff nurse in Nottingham
@lizcharalambou

The emergence of ‘corridor care’ shows the choices managers and staff are faced with when striving to provide evidence-based, dignified care in today’s NHS. The healthcare system continues to deteriorate despite staff goodwill, with inadequate funding and staff shortages exacerbating problems. A depoliticised, major overhaul of health and social care services is urgently required to address the challenges that lead to corridor nursing. However, with the demonstrable lack of concern and repeated false promises from politicians to tackle deep-seated problems, I remain pessimistic for the future.


Stacie May is a nursing student in Plymouth
@14StaciePUNC

I have heard patients’ relatives talk about how ‘disgusting’ it is that their loved one is being cared for ‘in a corridor filled with infected patients who are in the wrong place’. We know this is far from best practice, and I fully understand the concerns and frustrations of patients and relatives. But what is less talked about is the impact on hospital staff. Nursing patients in corridors makes it impossible to deliver dignified, high quality care, leaving nursing staff feeling upset, demoralised and just as frustrated as our patients.

Readers’ panel members give their views in a personal capacity only

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