"staff lacked attention to hygeine/infection risk"
About: Manchester Royal Infirmary Manchester Royal Infirmary Manchester M13 9WL
Posted by Liam Greene
I was well look after in A&E and given a local anethestic and a foot wound clean up, pending general surgery to avoid all infection risk. Following this a bandage was put on my leg and I had to walk approx. 50m through busy dirty corridors & small waiting room with the chance of an infection getting through. The blood was seeping through at this point so other people in the hospital could clearly see the bloody bandages. The radiologist took the bandage off to x-ray then explained she didn’t have any new bandages so would have to put the old one back on (which was blood soaked). This was after the wound being in open air for a few minutes. I asked back at A&E if a new bandage could be put on but the suggestion was declined as a surgeon was going to see me very shortly. In fact, I was moved ward and not seen for 3 hours, so the bandage is now 6 hours old and had been opened up. A doctor appeared at 8.30 pm who knew little of my situation or my file so I couldn’t really explain concerns but he dressed the wound and partially replaced the bandage. During this he clumsily dropped the matt which was catching the drips of blood and gave the floor a cursory wipe. - - - The next morning the consultant surgeon asked to see the wound and the nurse understandably told her to quickly cut through it and remove the gauze. After inspected it he told the nurse to put a new bandage on. I was waiting with the open wound for 5-10 minutes and asked a nurse 3 times to finally get it covered and bandaged. The old bandage which was bloody was left on the stool my foot rested on. I had to asked twice for it to be cleared away. Even after it was disposed off, the stool was not cleaned, so I asked the nurse taking blood pressure who finally did this. -- - When I was finally discharged the nurse asked a member of staff to accompany to the main entrance. After 50m he asked if walking was ok or too painful- I said are there any walking aids – at which he produced an orthopaedic shoe with a strong flat base…why was I not given this in A&E! I left the hospital in tears at the thoughtlessness of nurses. They could plainly see both the walking difficult and the obvious practical and hygiene issues with a walking around a hospital on a bandage with a foot wound, yet not one of 20 or so over 36 hours had thought to offer this during my time. - - - my final dissatisfaction was the prescription of codeine which I have never taken and I would recommend nurses advise patients of its strength compared to normal painkillers. Its side effects caused great anxiety on the first night home