trolley wait

trolley wait

The time a patient waits on a trolley at A&E (casualty) after the care team assesses and decides to admit to hospital as an inpatient, transfer to another department or facility for treatment, or discharge. The NHS goal is a trolley wait time of no more than 4 hours, though this may be significantly extended depending on hospital resources.
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The Durham trust's four-hour trolley wait percentage came in at 20.7%, putting it at 105th in England.
A CHILD was forced to wait more than 145 hours for a mental health bed in hospital in the longest recorded "trolley wait".
Health chiefs at Swansea's Morriston Hospital have apologised to the unnamed 55-year-old for her 96-hour trolley wait, one of the longest experienced in this country.
TROLLEY WAIT: OAP waited nine hours at Tralee General Hospital
The trolley wait for patients at the University Hospital for Wales yesterday was reported to be 24 to 48 hours.
However, the community health council commended accident and emergency staff for their hard work after a national survey, taken on the same day, showed the longest trolley wait in the country was 90 hours.
'This has reduced our trolley wait figure down from 25 per cent in the summer to just above the national average at 14.3 per cent in January.
Cheryl died following a stroke on wing B5 at the University Hospital of Wales, where Angela said she had 'fantastic' care from nurses after a 'horrendous' trolley wait in A&E earlier this year.
The daughter of an elderly asthma patient who had a 44-hour hospital trolley wait is terrified of allowing her mother back to hospital.
She warned that behind every trolley wait statistic was a patient "often in pain and discomfort".
In July 2019, there were 57,694 patients waiting for longer than four hours following a decision to admit to admission (trolley waits), compared with 5,645 in July 2011.