A mother whose son was being treated for cancer in the children’s ward. Scotland The hospital environment has been likened to a “third world country”.
Suzanne Brown told Scottish Hospitals Inquiry that she and her 11-year-old son were safe at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) due to ongoing building water hygiene concerns. Did not feel
It claims that staff are still withholding information about water pollution at the hospital.
The inquiry began hearing evidence Monday after a pigeon died from a drop and water-supply infection at Glasgow hospitals, and concerns about the ventilation system delayed the opening of the Edinburgh site.
Several families who testified this week complained about water pollution at the RHC in 2018, at a time when Ms. Brown’s son was undergoing chemotherapy in hospitals.
Speaking via video link in the inquiry on Thursday, Ms Brown said: “It’s horrible when your baby is sick, but it’s a horrible, horrible feeling in the hospital to think you’re holding something.
“Scotland is considered to have the best water supply.
“That’s what you would expect in the third news. World Countries, but in Scotland, it was like that in a super hospital.
Ms. Brown’s son was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December 2016 when he was six years old and regularly attended both RHC and QEUH for treatment for about four years.
But it wasn’t until 2018 that Ms. Brown began looking at the hospital’s water supply problems.
Water dispensers were out of order and patients were being washed with bottled water as the rains were out of range.
Wards 2A and 2B where Ms. Brown’s son was being treated were closed and the children were taken to an adult hospital.
Ms Brown said there were no facilities for children and that this was tantamount to “solitary confinement”.
Ms Brown also said in the inquiry that her son had been given a drug called ciprofloxacin (Cipro) the same year, which he claimed was linked to the prevention of infection with contaminated water, although hospital water problems Never told
Alastair Duncan QC, the inquiry’s lawyer, asked Ms. Brown how the experience affected her and her family.
“We were all in a panic,” he said.
“Everyone was wondering what was going on. We weren’t getting any answers.
“We were afraid to go to the hospital because we didn’t know what he was going to get.”
He also said in the inquiry that his son was still suffering from side effects of Cipro, including illness, heartburn, indigestion and sore throat.
In a concluding statement, Ms Brown said she could not blame the nurses but that contact with the hospital had been “extremely bad”, adding: “I don’t remember the hospital telling us anything about water.
“All we knew was that there was something in the water, a bug or a germ, coming from the water, and filters were there to prevent it from coming through the supply.
“It never came from them, it came from the news, not actually from them.
“They never told us what it was, they never told us.”
Ms Brown’s colleague Graham McKendlish also testified in the inquiry, saying her son was still reluctant to drink tap water despite completing cancer treatment in March 2020.
Mr McKendlish told the inquiry: “I stopped going to my doctor and he referred me to a mental patient. Health The nurse and I were diagnosed with depression.
“What we were going through was very difficult without keeping it all in the dark.”
Earlier this year, an independent survey found that at least two children on the QEUH campus died as a result of an infection linked to the hospital environment.
An inquiry is under way in Edinburgh, chaired by Lord Brody.
The health board will provide evidence later. Stage In inquiry