Inaccuracy in media story

17 January 2018 - King’s has never ‘put patients in cupboards’

King's arch with Golden Jubilee Wing in background

In response to a news story in the Evening Standard on 17 January, we can categorically state that we have never used ‘cupboards’ or ‘storage space’ to care for patients.

This story was the result of a comment made by Helen Hayes MP in Parliament stating: “The hospital is regularly more than 100 per cent full, with meeting rooms and storage space being used for beds.” For the avoidance of doubt, we have never used cupboards or storage space to care for patients. On one occasion last winter at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), we did use a meeting room for patient care, which was assessed as safe for use.

We would like to reassure our patients that we only provide care in an environment that is clinically safe.

For further information please contact:
Karen Welsh
Acting Head of Communications
Extension: +44 (0)20 3299 3850