About: Wythenshawe Hospital Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester M23 9LT
my daughter attended the A&E dept in the early hours of Sunday 10th March and was treated for a gash to her leg. the cubicle she was in was in her words and her partners disgusting, the bin was full and overflowing with blood stained gloves etc. which where also on the floor. the floor was streaked with blood presumably from previous patients. my daughters partner pointed this out to one of the nursing staff who very abruptly informed him that the patients had to take priorty over cleanliness! whilst I fully appreciate that, as my daughter informed me, the department was expremely busy and the staff where under a lot of pressure but are they not putting patients at risk of even greater problems such as serious infections given that she had a large open wound which required stitches. I would not have thought that it was the nurses job but would assume that a department that size would have domestic staff working at all times. they both regretted not taking photos at the time as they just could not believe the mess. I worked for the NHS for 30 years and am very saddened by the bad publicity it is receiving at this present time and this incident proves it is not isolated to certain areas. even the doctor who came to stitch her leg walked across the stained floor. I have documented this incident should my daughter suffer an infection, which I absolutely hope she does not. again I do appreciate that staff at busy A&E departments are dealing with difficult, demanding and stressful situations but surely this nurses response should have been to apologise and assure them that she would make every effort to remedy the situation but nothing was touched, the items that where used for her just added to untidiness.