Queens bridesmaid left on an NHS trolley for 20 hours with pneumonia Lady Pamela Hicks was rushe


Lady Pamela Hicks was rushed to hospital after
collapsing in the early hours She waited for a bed for 20 hours at a hospital
near her Oxfordshire home Prince Philip’s cousin was put on the neuroscience
ward due to bed shortage It comes in the middle of the NHS winter crisis
when flu rates are double One of the Queen’s bridesmaids was kept waiting
on an NHS hospital trolley for 20 hours after
contracting life-threatening pneumonia, her daughter
has claimed. Lady Pamela Hicks, who is the daughter of Earl
Mountbatten and a cousin of Prince Philip, was
taken to hospital in an ambulance in the middle
of the night after collapsing at her home. But when the 88-year-old aristocrat was wheeled
in, she was allegedly left on a trolley for almost
a day because every bed in the hospital was being
used. Eventually, she was given a bed in the neuroscience
ward because of the acute shortage of space on
general wards, where pneumonia sufferers are usually
treated. Lady Pamela, a former lady-in-waiting to the Queen,
was understood to have been admitted to a hospital
near her Oxfordshire home towards the end of last
week. Her admittance came during the NHS winter crisis
which has seen hospitals cancel up to 55,000 operations
and put patients on mixed-sex wards to free
space. NHS England is worried the pressures will intensify
this week when rising flu levels coincide with
the effects of a cold snap Flu rates are twice as high as this time last
year and many patients are infected with an aggressive
strain, h3n2, which wreaked havoc in Australia
six months ago. Lady Pamela’s daughter India Hicks, 50, blamed
‘busy’ hospitals at ‘this time of year’ for her
mother’s plight. Writing on , the former model said her mother
had to be ‘rescued’ by her 54-year-old son Ashley
after collapsing at her country house, which is
near the market town of Watlington Miss Hicks, who runs a lifestyle brand, said:
‘Having the excitement of an ambulance rush her
to hospital in the middle of the night, she was
then kept on a gurney for 20 hours before the
NHS found her an available bed in the neuroscience
ward ‘It’s that time of year Hospitals are busy.’ Lady Pamela, the widow of interior designer David
Hicks, is understood to have been treated in hospital
for three days before being discharged on
Monday. The aristocrat told the Daily Mail yesterday:
‘I arrived in A&E on a busy, busy, busy night ‘I stayed in hospital for about three days I’m now recovering from pneumonia at home ‘The NHS were brilliant The staff were fantastic and I had wonderful care
when I was in hospital.’ The NHS would not confirm which hospital she was
treated in However, Oxfordshire’s neurology services are
based in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. India Hicks, who is also recovering from pneumonia,
flew from her home in the Bahamas to Britain when
her mother became unwell. She added: ‘My mother, being a lot stronger than
most of us, had disguised her pneumonia much better
than I had, living with it at home throughout
Christmas till finally collapsing from a lack
of oxygen, only to be rescued, brilliantly, by
my brother. ‘I was recovered enough from my own share of pneumonia
to fly back to England to be with her.’ Lady Pamela, who accompanied the Queen on several
colonial tours, was one of her eight bridesmaids
when she married Prince Philip in 1947. She is the daughter of Lord Mountbatten, India’s
last viceroy who was killed by the IRA when a
bomb exploded on his fishing boat in County Sligo
in 1979 The bomb also killed his grandson Nicholas Knatchbull,
14, crew member Paul Maxwell, 15, and the dowager
Lady Brabourne, 83 Other family members were seriously injured. In an interview on Radio 2 last year, Lady Pamela
said the only moment she struggled to cope was
when she was asked to identify her father’s body
at the hospital. This is the second time that she has faced sparse
NHS resources Last summer, when she had a serious leg injury,
she had to be wheeled around her local hospital
on an office chair because no wheelchairs were
available

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