DENIA hospital recently reached saturation point as unusually cold temperatures triggered flu cases.
Although the hospital was built only 10 years ago, there is insufficient space at present and not enough medical staff to cope with the present demand.
Patients admitted to A and E have been waiting in beds in the passages before they could be taken up to the wards, with 18 people delayed in this way at one stage, hospital sources maintained in the local Spanish media.
Neither was this a one-off situation as 17 were waiting the previous day, the same sources claimed.
There was saturation in A and E because the wards were full, they continued.
Patients who should have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, which was fully occupied, had to be put on the wards while others assigned to the Internal Medicine section were given beds in the Maternity Unit.