RECORD 77-HR WAIT ON HOSPITAL TROLLEY.
A FATHER of two won an unwelcome world record yesterday - for spending more than three days waiting on a hospital trolley.
Tony Collins, 40, was left in a corridor for 771/2 hours after being admitted with a virus.
Now his ordeal has earned official recognition from the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest trolley wait. It has created a new category on the subject after being inundated with claims by frustrated NHS patients.
Care worker Tony was told by staff at Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon, Wilts, last February that he would have to wait until a bed became available. He said: "It was just awful. I developed a bad back, had no privacy and had to rely on the nurses to bring me a drink because there was nowhere to rest a jug."
Just a fortnight ago Tony, from Penhill, Swindon, came close to his record after another virus attack.
He spent almost 60 hours on a trolley at the town's new pounds 148million Great Western Hospital.
ORDEAL: Dad Tony
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jan 30, 2003|
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