85-year-old waited 40 hours to be admitted into A&E with a broken hip

Koulla’s family have since received an apology from the hospital (Picture: Supplied)

A pensioner who broke her hip in a fall at home waited in agony for 40 hours to be admitted to A&E.

The 85-year-old, known as Koulla, was cared for overnight by her pregnant granddaughter while they waited 14 hours for an ambulance to arrive.

It joined about 30 others outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, and took 26 hours to reach the front of the queue.

After Koulla was admitted, she faced several more agonising hours before she was admitted for emergency surgery. Her daughter Marianna Flint, 53, said: ‘It was awful. I almost feel sorry for those looking after her.

‘It’s not down to them. There was no room inside to accept her in.’

The hospital has apologised for the wait. It comes as figures show record delays facing patients stuck in ambulance queues outside overcrowded hospitals. Nearly one-in-three patients waited at least 30 minutes to be handed over to A&E teams in England last week, and more than 11,000 patients – 15 per cent of the total – waited at least an hour.

NHS trusts in England have a target of 95 per cent of ambulance hand-overs to be completed in 30 minutes and 100 per cent within 60 minutes.

Prof Sir Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said the figures showed it faced ‘a perfect storm, with winter virus cases rapidly increasing alongside ongoing pressures in emergency care and hugely constrained bed capacity’.

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