Parents have lost faith in Glasgow hospital as safe place for children, inquiry hears

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Many parents whose children were treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow have lost faith in it as a safe place to care for them, an investigation has heard.

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The Scottish Hospital Inquiry is currently investigating problems at two Scottish hospitals that contributed to the deaths of two children.

The investigation, which began on Monday, is looking into the construction of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) campus in Glasgow and the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.


The order was made after pigeons at a Glasgow hospital died from an infection involving droppings and water supplies, and the opening of the Edinburgh site was delayed due to concerns over the ventilation system.

Steve Love is appearing on behalf of QC 54 parents or family members of patients, represented by Thompson Solicitors Scotland, who were or are still being treated in the Children’s Cancer Ward and Neonatal Unit at QEUH being done.

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In his opening statement, he said: “The children of those we represent were hospitalized for treatment of serious illnesses such as leukemia and other cancers as well as other serious medical issues and they have reasonably expected that the best possible medical care and treatment for their children would be provided in a suitably safe and clean hospital environment.

“Your lordship will be told that he had indeed suffered serious infections, additional diseases threatening life and other problems as a result of the hospital environment, the water supply in the hospital and the conduct of some of the medical staff there.”

He added that a “significant number” had suffered infections since 2017 and that parents “couldn’t believe the hospital environment was making their already sick children more sick as far as they were concerned.” Was”.

“Parents of affected children want answers about what happened, what went wrong and why,” he continued. “Many of them have lost faith in the hospital as a safe place to treat their children.”

He said many parents were “disappointed” despite relying on the “expertise” and “honesty” of the medical staff at the hospital.

Earlier this year, a separate independent review found that the deaths of two children in QEUH were at least partly the result of infections associated with the hospital environment.

The review examined 118 episodes of serious bacterial infections in 84 children and youth who received treatment for blood diseases, cancer or related conditions at the Royal Hospital for Children on campus.

It found that a third of these infections were “most likely” to be linked to the hospital environment, while two of the 22 deaths were, “at least in part”, the result of their infection.

The investigation, chaired by Lord Brody, also heard from a man whose 10-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer in July 2018 after becoming unwell at the age of seven, and was found to have a kidney tumour.

He was treated at the Shihalian Unit, a children’s cancer unit at QEUH, where Mr Gough described doctors and nurses as “unreliable” and said it was the “gold standard” of care.

In the investigation, it was heard that in August 2018, concerns were raised about the safety of water in wards 2A and 2B and filters were installed in the taps.

The father said the parents were told not to drink tap water or use it to brush or wash their teeth, which caused them “a bit of anxiety” and it got worse when their son had Infection occurred in the hospital.

He also said that he was “angry” that the shower room in one of his son’s rooms was flooded, with “possibly poo-eye water” spilling all over the floor, adding that it was a separate The incident was not.

In his opening statement, Peter Gray QC, representing NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said it welcomes the investigation and is determined to ensure that the issues that need to be addressed in both hospitals are addressed in the future. K are not generated in other NHS infrastructure projects.

Inquiry continues.

Additional reporting by PA.


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