An 88-year-old woman waited on a trolley in a hospital corridor for 12 hours before being given a bed, according to her family.
The pensioner, from Teignmouth in Devon, suffered a fall at home and was taken by ambulance to Torbay Hospital in Torquay.
Her son told ITV West Country she was sent for an X-Ray but had to wait until early the following morning to be admitted to a ward - 12 hours after arriving.
The Trust apologised for the wait and called the wait time "rare", adding when they did occur "urgent actions" are taken to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
Earlier this week a visitor to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske said she witnessed up to a dozen patients in corridors as she visited a relative.
The trust confirmed it has seen a sharp rise in admissions after temperatures dropped at the weekend.