'It isn't right' - Disgruntled Peel Health Campus patient speaks out on 'storage space' experience

Peel Health Campus is feeling the winter strain, with the Mandurah hospital issuing an apology to an elderly woman who was left in a "storage space" due to a lack of beds.

The colder weather has led to an increase in emergency department attendances across Perth over the last few weeks, with pressure put on our hospitals.

Warnbro resident Jamie Hart said his mother pinched a nerve in her back and fell to the floor last Wednesday before being rushed to Peel Health Campus.

However, with a heightened demand for beds, the woman, 58, was forced to stay in what he described as a "storage space" twice over two days.

"When I got there, it was standing room only in the waiting room alone - they said they were over-run and there was nothing that they could do," Mr Hart said.

"I was really disheartened. The fact that it happened to my mum, it upset me. But the fact that it is a common practice and how anyone would be treated - it isn't right. It isn't how any human being should be treated."

A Peel Health Campus spokeswoman said the area Mr Hart's mother stayed in was "functional."

"We apologise to the patient and their family if they felt the room was not comfortable," she said.

"The room did contain some excess medical equipment, which should have been removed prior to moving the patient in.

"The room is a clinical area which is a safe and functional short stay area that is used during periods of heightened emergency activity.

"Currently Peel Health Campus and all other Perth hospitals are experiencing extreme demand as a result of the flu season."

The Mandurah Mail ran a campaign though 2018 advocating for additional funding for infrastructure at the Peel Health Campus.

Since then, both the state and federal governments have committed future funding to the Mandurah hospital.

Mr Hart said the staff at Peel Health Campus were rushed off their feet and infrastructure upgrades were "badly needed."

"This is not how we should be treating our older generation. We should be setting a standard, not meeting a budget," he said.

"We are a growing population and we don't have the infrastructure to support us.

"The nurses and doctors are stretched so thin. The staffing levels are the issue, not the staff themselves.

"The system is the problem. It is not that there was malpractice or neglect by the staff, it is the fact that this is an acceptable practice and how the hospital is run.

"How far does our health system have to fall before we say this is isn't acceptable for a first-world country?"