Day a tent was put up to take in 999 patients

Triage facilities in place outside the accident and emergency unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo...

Triage facilities in place outside the accident and emergency unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo: Steve Adams

In shocking scenes for today's under-fire NHS, a large tent was pitched outside the region's major hospital in case 999 patients trapped for up to three hours in an ambulance queue needed treatment.

The makeshift tent was put up by paramedics, desperately concerned about the waiting times which were stopping ambulances from responding to emergency calls in the community.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) said this was the first-time it had ever taken such action outside the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The latest incident follows similar problems last month when 17 ambulance crews were left waiting outside the N&N.

Now, fresh calls have been made calling on the N&N and EEAS to work together to put the problems right once and for all.


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