Monday, 10 February 2014

[NHS fuckwittery] Daily Mail on top form

From The Daily Mail:

When their son Jean developed a slight temperature one night, Pete and Sarka Celliers took him to hospital as a precaution…

They say their nightmare began when a consultant was carrying out a blood test on Jean in A&E. As the consultant handed the needle to a nurse she accidentally pricked the nurse’s skin.

Two hours later, during which time the couple claim they were left in a bay without a bed for their son, they were asked for permission to test Jean for HIV/hepatitis because the nurse’s skin had been pricked with his blood…

Having discussed Jean’s condition with another paediatrician who said his tests were clear, the Celliers took their son home at 4am.

However, the next day the hospital repeatedly called the couple…


And so and so forth. Poor sods, but the little lad seems happy enough in the picture, that's the main thing.

… at their semi-detached £550,000 home in Walton-on-Thames, asking them to bring Jean in for further tests.

8 comments:

Pablo said...

Surely these blood tests have nothing to do with the value of their home.

P.S. Anyone see the 1st (Denmark) of HFW series on Scandinavia? Next week Norway.

proglodyte said...

This is old news - the house is probably now worth £555,000.

Kj said...

If you are going to call social services for not heeding medical advice, maybe it's time to stop calling it "advice".

Mark Wadsworth said...

Pab, I'm lost, what's HFW?

Prog, excellent point well made.

Kj, another good point. There was no particular reason to assume he was suffering from anything, so why was it the parents' problem?

Kj said...

MW: the way hospitals usually deal with these cases suggest to me that the parents were right, that they were trying to pull a fast one getting the HIV-test on account of the doctor's incident, and got a little excited in their professional hubris.

neil craig said...

That'll show them for giving their son a girl's name. (& I suspect they misprononciate it too)

Mark Wadsworth said...

Kj, of course the parents did nothing wrong...

NC… apart from give their son either a girl's name or a French name (not sure which is worse). Yuck, I didn't even notice that.

Pablo said...

MW: Sorry, Hugh Fearnly Whittingstall - CH.4. Not so much a cooking prog..