Swindon man sets new record for longest hospital wait on a trolley
- By: Karen Hebert
The Guinness Book of World Records created an official new category of world record in January, that of “the longest hospital trolley wait duration.”
The unenviable title was awarded to Tony Collins, a 40 year old diabetic care worker from Swindon. Collins, a father of two, spent 77 hours and 30 minutes on a hospital trolley in the Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon.
Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records have checked and verified his claim. A spokeswomen defined a trolley for Student BMJ: “The trolley can be defined as a wheeled carrier for the transportation of patients. Although hospital/medical beds do have wheels they tend to be broader than trolleys.”
Collins fell ill in February 2001 with “a mystery virus” and was admitted at a time when no beds were available. He waited on a trolley, which was placed between a toilet and a washroom. “It was awful,”