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Girl, 17, waits 11 hours in A&E to have appendix removed as there were no beds

Rachel Logan and her 17-year-old daughter Grace, who had to wait 11 hours in A&E in Tameside General Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne, to have her appendix removed.

Rachel Logan says a nurse told her there were ‘no beds in the whole of Greater Manchester’ (Picture: MEN Media)

A teenage girl was left in excruciating pain as she had to wait alone overnight in A&E to have her appendix removed.

Rachel Logan says her daughter Grace, 17, was suffering with acute appendicitis and was told by a doctor to come to hospital at 6pm last Friday.

The teenager ended up waiting until 5.30am the following morning before finally being taken to a ward.

She then had a successful operation to remove her appendix at Tameside General Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.

‘It absolutely broke me that there was nothing I could do’, Rachel told the Manchester Evening News.

‘I understand what the staff and nurses are going through. But they left her and didn’t do any observations. I said to her “you will have to be strong”.’

Grace received a phone call on Friday following after undergoing an ultrasound scan to look at her appendix on Thursday due to the pain she was feeling.

A teenage girl waited alone overnight in A&E after being called into hospital by a doctor to have her appendix removed. Grace Logan, 17, was suffering with acute appendicitis when she was told by a doctor to visit Tameside General Hospital at 6pm on Friday [July 2]. Caption: Rachel Logan's daughter Grace, from Glossop, Derbyshire, pictured in the waiting room of Tameside General Hospital in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, on 2 July 2021

Grace Logan, 17, was was in excruciating pain as she waited at Tameside General Hospital (Picture: MEN Media)

Her mum says the doctor said ‘come in now’ and that surgeons would be ‘waiting to take her appendix out’.

They arrived to a packed A&E waiting room and Grace was ‘struggling to sit up’ and feeling sick.

Rachel, from Glossop, Derbyshire, said staff told them it would be an hour as her daughter had to be triaged.

Two hours later, Grace was allowed to move to a separate cubicle, but it was still in the waiting area.

Rachel managed to speak to her daughter’s consultant on the phone and was told someone would come and get her.

She was given somewhere to lie down at around 9pm, but still had to wait until 5.30am for a bed (Picture: MEN Media)

But she was warned it would be some time before a bed became available.

At around 9pm Grace was put in an area with two cubicles so she could lie down, and was told she’d have to wait until the morning for her operation.

Rachel, who came along with her grandson, had to leave to take him home and got back at around 11pm.

This meant her daughter had to wait alone until 5.30am, when they staff finally found her a bed.

‘It absolutely broke me that there was nothing I could do’, said Rachel (Picture: MEN Media)

Grace stayed up all night, hunched over, because she was worried someone might snatch her bag in the night.

Rachel added: ‘The nurse said there were no beds in the whole of Greater Manchester. When she was put on the ward she was dehydrated and had to be put on a drip. Her blood pressure was low and she was being sick.’

Grace had an operation to take out her appendix on Sunday afternoon and she is now recovering at home.

A spokesperson for the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘We are aware of the situation and we would urge the patient to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS) so that we can investigate the circumstances fully.’

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