Needles found in public areas of Southampton hospitals

Needles found in public areas of Southampton hospitals

Needles found in public areas of Southampton hospitals

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

NEEDLES had to be removed from two Southampton hospitals after they were deliberately left embedded in public areas.

Nine needles were found in wooden stairwells and door frames around Southampton General and Princess Anne hospitals – six inside the latter which is renowned for its maternity unit.

Staff quickly removed the ‘skin prick’ needles after sweeping both hospitals and confirmed no more were found.

Hospital bosses claimed they had not posed a danger because the way they were inserted only left the plastic ends exposed.

Andy Hyett, deputy chief operating officer at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospitals, said: “Two small collections of skin prick needles were found by staff embedded into wooden stairwells and door frames at Southampton General and the Princess Anne hospitals.

“These were concentrated in one area of each building and the plastic ends exposed from the wood would not have caused any injury or harm to passers-by.

“All needles were safely removed upon discovery and our site and security teams followed up the incident with a sweep of all areas of both hospitals where no further items were found.”

One University of Southampton worker, based at the General, claimed university staff were alerted to the problem but hospital staff were not told about the needles.

The worker, who asked not to be named, said: “Apparently staff in both the PAH and SGH hospitals were not informed of the incident. I think this information should be available to all.”

A trust spokesman said some hospital and university managers began sending out warning emails but were asked to stop to “avoid unnecessary panic”.

Mr Hyett added the trust considered the incident resolved but would continue to monitor the areas closely.

He said: “No further action is required by anyone as a result of the incident and our sites continue to be monitored and regularly patrolled by site and security staff throughout the day and night as normal.”

But there was no response from the trust when the Daily Echo asked whether the culprit had been caught and if anything specific was being done to prevent another incident.

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10:40am Mon 21 Jul 14

pablohoney says...

Southampton General once again making excuses for why no one was informed of this incident and obviously downplaying this incident by stating ....' Well the orange caps were on so it's ok' what if a child had found one and pulled the cap off Southampton General?
Poor hospital, poor care. Wonder what the CQC would make of this. Oh and how did they manage to get foundation status in the first place?
Certainly would not pass with today's new inspections !
Southampton General once again making excuses for why no one was informed of this incident and obviously downplaying this incident by stating ....' Well the orange caps were on so it's ok' what if a child had found one and pulled the cap off Southampton General? Poor hospital, poor care. Wonder what the CQC would make of this. Oh and how did they manage to get foundation status in the first place? Certainly would not pass with today's new inspections ! pablohoney
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12:09pm Mon 21 Jul 14

southy says...

This is what privatation is doing to the NHS
This is what privatation is doing to the NHS southy
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4:09pm Mon 21 Jul 14

cantthinkofone says...

"One University of Southampton worker, based at the General, claimed university staff were alerted to the problem but hospital staff were not told about the needles."

This is simply incorrect.
"One University of Southampton worker, based at the General, claimed university staff were alerted to the problem but hospital staff were not told about the needles." This is simply incorrect. cantthinkofone
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6:52pm Mon 21 Jul 14

solomum says...

southy wrote:
This is what privatation is doing to the NHS
No, this is what some sick individual has done. Totally irrelevent on the hospital being privatised or not
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: This is what privatation is doing to the NHS[/p][/quote]No, this is what some sick individual has done. Totally irrelevent on the hospital being privatised or not solomum
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1:28am Wed 23 Jul 14

southy says...

solomum wrote:
southy wrote:
This is what privatation is doing to the NHS
No, this is what some sick individual has done. Totally irrelevent on the hospital being privatised or not
You did not get the problem when the NHS was controlled by the Home Office, all these different private bodys that controlling the NHS and having a £50 million aday of state money only there for the money and not people well being.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: This is what privatation is doing to the NHS[/p][/quote]No, this is what some sick individual has done. Totally irrelevent on the hospital being privatised or not[/p][/quote]You did not get the problem when the NHS was controlled by the Home Office, all these different private bodys that controlling the NHS and having a £50 million aday of state money only there for the money and not people well being. southy
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