Rose Newman waited for five hours in an A&E with son Jack who had suspected meningitis as over-stretched staff struggled to cope.
Rose Newman waited for five hours in an A&E with son Jack who had suspected meningitis as over-stretched staff struggled to cope with the sheer volume of patients and the department in “chaos”.
With no beds available to allow him to lie down and ease his suffering, mum Rose had to improvise while the distressed toddler waited hours to be seen.
Rose, 27, blasted the Prime Minister, who dismissed Jack’s plight as one of a “small number of instances” when it was highlighted in the House of Commons by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Jack, who turns two next month, suffered acute tonsillitis last week.
He took a turn for the worse on Wednesday and Rose, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, took him to a walk-in clinic where staff warned her to take him straight to the Conquest Hospital at Hastings, where facilities were said to be better than her local site.
PE teacher Rose said: “As a first time mum, it was really scary. The fear we had, the not knowing what was going on, was crazy.
“Theresa May said she accepted there had been a few instances where things like this happen. That is laughable.
“In that waiting room, there was a woman sitting opposite me, head in hands, I don’t know what had happened to her but she had been there for eight hours.
“Another baby, younger than Jack, had a big rash across her, had to be put on a drip, and they’d been waiting more than six hours.
“So ‘a few instances’, I saw more than that in one day in that one hospital. It’s not a few instances, I can’t believe she even said that. She needs to wake up.”
Jack, who turns two next month, was diagnosed with acute tonsillitis last week, a few days before his hospital visit.
Then on Wednesday, he took a turn for the worse. A walk-in clinic even advised Rose not to take him to their nearest hospital but to drive 45
minutes away to another, where better care would hopefully be available.
Rose said: “Jack suddenly went really downhill, quite floppy, quite unresponsive, had a rash and a dangerously high temperature.