Sue Atkin believes her son may have survived if he had been seen before at A&E, reports ITV News correspondent Rachel Younger
A mother has spoken of her destruction after her 27-year-old son died after waiting four hours at A&E.
Norman Barker’s mother spoke to ITV News on the day of the wait NHS the casualty and emergency departments in England had reached record highs.
In September, a quarter of patients who went to A & Es in the UK waited longer than four hours for treatment, the lowest percentage since monthly registrations began in 2010.
When Sue Atkin’s son developed severe chest pain, became very clammy and photosensitive three weeks ago, her mother, Linda, with whom Mr. Barker lived and was raised, called an ambulance but was told there would be two hours of waiting for an ambulance, so Mrs. Atkin took him directly to Lincoln County Hospital.
“It was packed, people were outside A&E. There was nowhere to stand outside A&E,” Ms Atkin said.
Sue Atkin tearfully describes her son’s last moments
She added that there was no place for her son – also known as James Salvatore – to get a drink of water and with a four-hour wait for assessment, she decided to take him home.
Mrs Atkin continued: “We had just come out of the hospital entrance, he said ‘help me mom’ and then he collapsed.”
Ms Atkin said a nurse on sick leave began performing CPR and marked an ambulance and that from then on the hospital could not have done more to save her son, but unfortunately he died.
Had Mr. Barker been seen before, both his mother and grandmother believe he may have survived.
“If they had done their job, he probably would still have been here,” Atkin said.
By collapsing outside the hospital, Barker’s mother and grandmother told ITV News “how loved” the “polite gentleman” was.
A spokesman for the NHS Trust at United Lincolnshire Hospitals said: “We can not comment on individual cases but give our sincere condolences to Mr Barker’s family and fully investigate what happened.”
Barker’s death comes amid rising NHS wait times in England.
A record 469.00 people – every fourth – waited over four hours in A&E last month. 5,025 waited for over 12 hours.
And it’s not just A&E, it was there 5.7 million patients are still waiting to start routine hospital treatment at the end of August.Coronavirus is behind some of that backlog, but people also go to A&E when they can not get an appointment with their doctor.
NHS England said measures, including a £ 250 million winter access fund, will enable GPs to improve the availability of personal appointments and care the same day.
However, the government has said doctors should start offering more personal appointments and those who do not will be revealed in league tables.
Mrs. Atkin has created one fundraising site to help cover Mr. Barker’s funeral expenses.