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26th May, 2022

Redditch mother finally given a bed at Worcestershire Royal - after losing two stone in two weeks spent at the Alex

A LOVING husband’s desperate wait for a hospital bed at Worcestershire Royal has finally been achieved – two weeks after she was first admitted to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

During that time mother of four Nicola Cross has suffered from constant sickness and lost two stone in weight, said her husband Thomas.

Nicola, who has an auto-immune condition, had gone to her GP four weeks ago complaining of sickness.

She was sent to Accident & Emergency at the Alex and then home again after being given intravenous fluids, anti sickness medication and half a bag of fluids.

“The following week we were sent back to A&E by our doctor once again,” said Thomas.

“After a 10 hour wait we finally got a bed at the Alex. Before this my sick wife was sat on an uncomfortable chair while still in massive discomfort from her symptoms.”

She then spent two weeks on Ward 18 at the Alex as they waited for a bed for gastric patients to become free at Worcestershire Royal.

“Nicola cannot drink any water or eat any food without being sick, she has lost two stone in these past two weeks in hospital alone!” said Thomas, a full time carer for the couple’s 23 year old daughter, Amy, who had a stroke as a baby and who is epileptic and paralysed down one side.

“Worcestershire were saying they are on ‘critical’ and had no beds. They will not send her elsewhere although I have pleaded with them.

“I fear if we don’t get help soon I won’t be taking my wife home, I feel like she is starving before my eyes.”

A Spokesperson for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “A number of measures are in place to improve patient flow through our hospitals and every effort is made to ensure beds are available for those in most need, at the earliest opportunity.

“Longer term, capital funding has also been agreed for 81 additional beds at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“We acknowledge Mr Cross’ concerns and have apologised for the anxiety that this has caused both him and his wife. We are pleased that Mrs Cross was admitted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital today (Tuesday, December 5).”

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