Hospital patients forced to sleep in GYM after surge in A&E cases sparks bed shortage

Patients are being put up in a hospital gym after a surge in A&E cases led to a shortage of beds on wards.

The Bristol Royal Infirmary was put on “black alert” last week and temporary beds have been set up in the gym, where rehab sessions usually take place.

Andrew Llewellyn, 61 claims he was “kicked out” of a ward due to the crisis. He said: “They told me I had to go because there was a bed crisis and patients were waiting on temporary beds in the gym.”

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the BRI, confirmed the gym was being used to house patients.

Full story in The Mirror 22 March 2016