Enid Stevens, a former nurse who joined the NHS 75 years ago, was left in a hospital bed in a busy corridor for six days after she broke her back in an accident. Enid, 93, says she was left humiliated after her stay at St James's Hospital in Leeds, describing her experience as 'horrendous' hours of horrific pain. Ms Stevens says after she arrived at the hospital she was immediately placed on a trolley in a corridor as she couldn't be seen straight away, only to remain in the trolley in the hallway for six days. She told ITV News: "I was left alone for hours and hours. Incontinent – I could not stop it. ‘I was wet down from my neck and all my clothes were absolutely soaking. It was terrible."
Ms Stevens emphasises that though her experience was horrible, she believes that hospital staff are trying their best and 'doing what they can', and blames the week long stay on growing NHS pressures. She believes the health service is overwhelmed and cannot continue in these conditions: "People above, way above, need to come to St James’s University Hospital 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 has apologised to Ms Stevens, Chief Executive Julian Hartley said: "Unfortunately there are pressures form 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."
Enid, who worked for the NHS for 41 years, said: "What happened to me was the most degrading thing I've ever experienced. I worked in the NHS from the age of 18 until I retired when I was 59 and every second of that time I was stood up on my feet - I didn't get an MBE for nothing. But I'm not blaming the hospital or the staff there - you have to see it for yourself. The place was absolutely heaving - as soon as you ask a nurse to do one thing she's stopped by someone else to do something else. I'm just lucky I had my daughter to go backwards and forwards for everything." Ms Stevens has now received urgent care and is back home with her daughter.