Blood-stained chairs found in Grimsby A&E twice in a week
“UNCLEAN” seats in Grimsby hospital’s A&E department will be replaced after a councillor found what he believed to be blood stains on them for a second time – a week after first reporting them.
Councillor Matthew Brown (Lab, Croft Baker) took his father to Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales hospital a week ago with chest pains.
The seats were stained with marks that looked like dried blood or urine, so Councillor Brown asked for a wheelchair for his 68-year-old dad, John, to sit in instead.
John, of Ronald Farmer Court, Waltham, said: “I was flabbergasted that anywhere in a hospital could be so filthy – people could be prone to infection.
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“It wasn’t just one of the seats either. There were at least three or four that looked like they had blood or urine on them.”
Councillor Brown, who is a member of the local NHS Foundation Trust, reported the state of the seats to a staff member, yet when he returned a week later after taking his mother to an eye appointment, nothing had changed.
“I was really concerned as cleanliness in our hospitals is of the utmost importance and filthy chairs in the waiting room send out the wrong signal,” he said.
“The people of North East Lincolnshire deserve better yet when I reported it and found they were in the same condition a week later, I worried there may be a problem with the system of complaints.”
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that the seats – which are regularly cleaned – will soon be replaced.
A spokesman said: “We have new chairs currently on order for the waiting area in the accident and emergency department.
“The current chairs, which are all regularly deep cleaned and were last cleaned on Thursday, January 24, will all be replaced.”
Councillor Brown believes the problem should never have occurred at all.
He continued: “It is all well and good the NHS saying that they will be replaced soon but sometimes that is just not good enough – and this is one of those times.
“One day is too long when we need to be mindful of the spread of disease and could cost the NHS many thousands of pounds if someone were to be harmed as a result.
“My concern is that this happened in the first place – who would ever think that these fabric seats were appropriate in an Accident and Emergency