About: Princess Royal Hospital (Haywards Heath)

My poor father has just died in the Princess Royal and it was catching MRSA on the Ardingly Ward in December which greatly contributed to his final demise. Without having caught this he would be with us now. He had other problems already and just was too frail to deal with the after effects of this hideous infection. It knocked him for six and this was aggravated by C Difficil which is a debilitating side effect of the antibiotics used to treat the MRSA. He also had urinary tract infections. We as a family have been through hell and now our grief is being aggravated by the fact that the powers to be at the Princess Royal are unwilling to make mention of the MRSA on his final medical certificate/death certificate. WHY??? I can't believe you have had only one case of MRSA in three months. You are just covering things up so your official stats look more presentable. Whilst my beloved father was on Ardingly Ward we expressed concern about MRSA when we saw he had a bed sore on one of his heels but our concerns were dismissed and this is the site where the MRSA entered his system. He was discharged to the Ernest Kleinwort Centre (his reason for coming into hospital was a fractured pelvis) and was just about to start mobility therapy there when the MRSA made its appearance. Even before the therapy we could see he was making great strides in being able to get about. From then on it was gradually downhill all the way. One of the staff at Kleinwort told my mother my father had a "little infection". Little infection!!! My mother replied by saying "He's got MRSA hasn't he"? to which the member of staff replied yes. When I first got the news that my father was passing away at the weekend I arrived at the hospital - then I broke down in the car park and shouted "Bloody hospital. You have killed him". How many others have died unnecessarily?

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