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KICKED OUT OF HIS HOSPITAL BED AT MIDNIGHT.

Byline: By GREG TINDLE South Wales Echo

A distraught pensioner was turfed out of his hospital bed by nurses in the middle of the night.Edward Angove was woken up at midnight and told to make way for another patient. The 74-year-old diabetic, who had already endured a six-hour wait in a chair before being given the bed at Llandough Hospital, was told to get up and sleep on a trolley.

Hospital bosses today apologised for the incident.: FURY AT OAP'S BED TORMENT:Sick pensioner Edward Angove was woken up and turfed out of his hospital bed at midnight to make way for another patient. The 74-year-old diabetic, who had already endured a six-hour wait in a chair before being given the bed, was told to get up and sleep on a trolley.

Embarrassed hospital bosses today apologised for the incident and say action will be taken to stop this happening again.

But Mr Angove's family are incensed with the way the retired civil servant was dealt with after he was taken by ambulance to Llandough Hospital, Penarth with a lung infection.

Daughter Cath Scanlin said: 'I'm furious at the way my dad was treated. He'd been left sitting around for six hours after arriving at 11.30am. At 6pm he was eventually found a bed. By then he wasn't well at all.'

At this point Cath, 41, and Edward's wife Jennifer, 64, of West End, Barry, believed his ordeal was over.

'But at midnight when dad was asleep he was woken up by nurses who told him they needed the bed for someone else who was in more need. They told him he was the least ill and would have to move,' said Mrs Scanlin.

'Another man next to him, who only had one leg, was also asked to leave his bed and both of them had to get onto trolleys to make way for new patients.

'I cannot believe this is the state of the NHS today. We have no grouse with the staff - they are trying their best. But they told us it's a regular happening.

'This is a despicable way to treat an elderly person.'

A spokesman for Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust said: 'We have spoken to Mr Angove to explain the situation and have apologised for moving him and other patients. The Trust apologises for any discomfort caused and is taking action to avoid this happening again.'
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