Crumbling NHS hospitals are leaving patients' at risk, experts warn as safety ...

Crumbling NHS hospitals are leaving patients' at risk, experts warn as safety ...
Crumbling NHS hospitals are leaving patients' at risk, experts warn as safety ...

Crumbling hospitals are putting patients at risk and jeopardising efforts to tackle NHS backlogs, experts warned today.

Sewage leaking through ceilings, broken lifts and rat-infested wards are among the issues logged by health chiefs.

Power outages also saw life-saving operations postponed, forcing women in labour to be rushed to other hospitals in taxis. 

The state of disrepair has forced hospitals, tasked with sorting the knock-on effects of Covid to patient care, to cancel hundreds of appointments. 

More than 6,800 health and safety incidents caused by old and faulty NHS buildings were logged last year. This is up from roughly 2,300 in 2017. 

Jeremy Hunt, former Health Secretary, claimed the figures, unearthed by The Times, were 'deeply concerning'.

The health service logged 6,812 clinical service incidents linked to a failure to invest in infrastructure in the last year, such as collapsing ceilings and power outages that risked patient safety. The figure, which also covers leaks, heating problems and pest infestations, is 2.9-times higher than the 2,338 recorded in 2017. Pictured: Royal Liverpool Hospital flooded 10 times in 2018, causing delays to patient care and forcing staff to wear wellies

The health service logged 6,812 clinical service incidents linked to a failure to invest in infrastructure in the last year, such as collapsing ceilings and power outages that risked patient safety. The figure, which also covers leaks, heating problems and pest infestations, is 2.9-times higher than the 2,338 recorded in 2017. Pictured: Royal Liverpool Hospital flooded 10 times in 2018, causing delays to patient care and forcing staff to wear wellies

The newspaper's FOI requests uncovered a case where a patient on a ventilator was stuck in a broken lift for half-an-hour. 

The patient, who was unconscious, was stuck alongside five members of staff at the Countess of Chester Hospital in May 2019.

Another incident at the same hospital saw patients have to 'sleep in hats and gloves' because of a lack of heating. Health chiefs labelled the issue 'a patient death waiting to happen'. 

While a patient at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria saw their room overflow with 'raw sewage' in November, it was revealed.

Faeces coming through the floor and water leaking from ceilings: The horror incidents at NHS hospitals 

Ceiling collapse on a side ward, water leaking from the ceiling on the top of the maternity landing and a lift broke down trapping two nurses inside (North West)

Call bells were broken on a ward. Faeces coming through the floor on the ultrasound corridor (Yorkshire and the Humber)

Waste pipe above a ward broke, resulting in waste leaking into the ward area (West Midlands)

Part of the Emergency Department was closed due to a 'severe' sewage leak in December 2018 (London)

Dirt/faeces/slime spurted up through a sink. This landed on a patient’s bed, and covered the floor and surrounding area. There was also a 'severe' leak from the roof by the maternity unit. Store cupboards were soaked, and water was going into electric fittings (West Midlands)

A lift which had initially had a jammed door, stopped working. Staff and patients were unable to use the lift (South East)

Water poured onto a ward bed from the ceiling and patients had to be moved (London)

Sewage was coming up through the drains in bathrooms, water flooded into the ward corridor. Only one shower room was able to be used for 19 patients (East Midlands)

Water leaking from pipes led to delays to patients being operated on – operating time had to be reduced and some were cancelled or relocated (East Midlands

Several lifts out of service left no access to the Coronary Care Unit for catering trolleys, bed or patients. A patient was left on the Clinical Decisions Unit in

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