A HORRIFIED mum-to-be has spoken of her disgust after finding a used needle in a toilet at Pinderfields Hospital.
Lea Newbould, who is three months’ pregnant with her first child, made the shocking discovery on a sink in a patients’ toilet at the new £250m hospital on Monday.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, says it has launched a “detailed investigation” into the incident.
Miss Newbould, 20, who took a photograph of the needle, which was in open packaging, said: “It’s absolutely disgusting. When I walked in I couldn’t believe what I saw.
“It’s extremely unsafe. Anything could have happened – a child could have picked it up, I could have been stabbed and caught an infection. The fact I’m pregnant makes it even more worrying.
“It’s unacceptable and not what you’d expect to find at a state-of-the-art new hospital.
“I think they should investigate how it got there. It’s disgraceful.”
The mum-to-be, of Pontefract, was visiting the hospital with a relative who was waiting for an X-ray when she went to the toilet.
Miss Newbould said: “When I walked into the cubicle and saw the needle I was so shocked. The floor was wet and if I’d slipped the sink would have been the first thing I’d have grabbed to hold.
“It’s awful to think what could have happened.
“I took some photographs of it on my phone and notified a member of staff, but I don’t know what they did after that.
“I hope they take steps so this never happens again.”
Tracey McErlain-Burns, chief nurse and director of patient experience at the trust, said: “Firstly I would like to thank the individual for bringing this to our attention so that the item could be safely removed and disposed of.
“This was an isolated case which we dealt with as soon as it was brought to our attention. I am extremely concerned about this and we are carrying out a detailed investigation to understand how this happened.
“If the individual concerned would like to discuss this further, we would welcome the opportunity to speak to them.”