Woman suffering mental health crisis left waiting eight days in A&E

  18-year-old had to sleep in chair at St Helier hospital in Sutton as no beds were available in NHS facilities * ‘Dejected and desperate’: ordeal of a mental health patient left in limbo An 18-year-old woman suffering a mental health crisis was forced to wait eight-and-a-half days in A&E before getting a bed in a psychiatric hospital – believed to be the longest such wait seen in the NHS. Louise (not her real name) had to be looked after by the police and security guards and sleep in a chair and on a mattress of the floor in the A&E at St Helier hospital in Sutton, south London, because no bed was available in a mental health facility. Continue reading... .. Full story on theguardian.com 

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