Inspectors find hospital theatres turned into wards

A London hospital was so overcrowded that operating theatres were turned into makeshift wards, says report.

A London hospital was so overcrowded that operating theatres were turned into makeshift wards, according to a new report.

Charing Cross hospital used the theatres when it ran out of critical care beds - with doctors caring for seriously ill patients because there were no nurses available.

This prevented the theatres being used for emergency surgery and “provided a poor and potentially distressing environment” for visiting friends and family, the General Medical Council said.

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