Staffs at Ealing hospital in West London have been warned not to send its obese patients to its first floor amid fears that building will not be able to take their weights. Patients who weigh 3o stones or more have been kept to the ground floor wards because the management are worried they are too heavy for the admissions ward upstairs (via - thisislondon.co.uk.
This disclosure is part of an investigation which shows that hospital has doubled it’s spending to treat the overweight patients and to cope with the rising obesity problem in Britain. On an average the hospital spent £60,000 on "supersized" equipment including beds, trolleys and mortuary fridges to treat obese patients compared with £30,000 just three years ago.
According to the stats from Liberal Democrats, which are available after the investigation of 150 hospitals trusts which, shows that spending on larger patients has risen from £5.8 million to £13 million in just three years.
With this the number of obese patients being admitted to hospitals have also increased significantly. Since 2002, numbers of obese adults being hospitalized have increased by 45 percent and obese children by 30 percent.