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An elderly mental health patient was forced to wait four and a half days for a bed amid South Australia’s ongoing hospital crisis.

An elderly mental health patient was forced to wait four and a half days for a bed amid South Australia's ongoing hospital crisis.

Patients were treated in ambulances outside Flinders Medical Centre following a nightmare weekend for hospitals in Adelaide.

Today, 40 people were waiting for a bed at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and the doctors union has raised the alarm.

"It would be reasonable to say that the last seven or eight months have been extremely difficult for all of us, particularly in the emergency department," Dr Megan Brooks from the RAH told 9news.

The local health district said that part of the problem was that some mental health patients should be receiving care elsewhere.

"We know that we can't see absolutely everybody all the time, so we do need to have somewhere else to be able to meet patients with those types of needs," Dr Brooks said.

The hospital's short-term solution is to free up extra beds.

A dedicated mental health facility is to open next year, taking pressure off the rest of the system.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/hospitals-overload-south-australia-mental-health-patient-waits-days-for-bed/6027d71a-1bb9-4b44-b03a-1bcf7aee9ec8

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