Elderly woman has to wait in makeshift tent outside Melbourne hospital

An elderly stroke patient has to wait outside in a ‘makeshift tent’ Melbourne hospital overnight.
The 83-year-old’s daughter, who wished to remain anonymous, said her mother arrived in Box Hill Hospital yesterday at 4pm and waited in a hallway for three hours before being “upgraded” to a tent outside.

She said paramedics compared the situation to “Guantanamo Bay”.

An elderly stroke patient has had to wait overnight in a “makeshift tent” outside a Melbourne hospital. (Nine)

The woman told 9News that her mother was found slumped in her chair at her retirement home last night and taken to hospital by ambulance.

The hospital suggested she was showing signs of a stroke, but said it partially resolved itself.

“We’re still waiting for a bed in the ward,” she said.

“It’s heated and the staff are doing their best. It’s makeshift, but it’s still a tent.”

She said her mother was being cared for by paramedics and nurses, and had been seen twice by a doctor, who initially wanted to send her home.

Patients are treated in tents outside Box Hill Hospital. (Nine)

“The hospital staff said when she got some exercise again and that they wanted to send her home,” the daughter said.

“I wasn’t comfortable with that and the paramedic said they wouldn’t send her home until she got a scan.

“I had to plead for her to get a scan and last night I pressed it again and she finally got one at 10pm.”

The elderly woman remains in the tent and where she has been waiting for a bed for more than 16 hours.

Inside the tent, where an elderly woman is being treated. (Nine)

“Ask yourself this: ‘If it was your mom or grandma, would you be happy if she was in a tent?” said the daughter.

“This is not acceptable. Don’t worry about building roads, improve our hospitals.

“We are in the dark and just waiting.”

Eastern Health Executive Director Clinical Operations Shannon Wight said they “respect patient confidentiality” and said they “cannot comment on an individual patient”.

“While the health system is currently under tremendous pressure, we continually strive to provide the best care for our community and our people work tirelessly to provide exceptional care for all of our patients,” she said.

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