Queen Elizabeth Hospital turns away measles mum-to-be

This Is Local London: Leah Painell, pictured with boyfriend Ryan Cook, went to 'hell and back' Leah Painell, pictured with boyfriend Ryan Cook, went to 'hell and back'

A PREGNANT woman suffering from pneumonia and measles went to "hell and back" after being repeatedly turned away from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, it is claimed.

Leah Painell feared she would lose her unborn child as she waited in terrible pain but was sent away three times by staff who told her to take Paracetamol for a "virus".

Eventually, staff at the Woolwich hospital diagnosed the 23-year-old with measles and pneumonia, breaking the news her baby might be stillborn, deaf or blind.

She said her week-long ordeal included being kept waiting in cramped cubicles where she had "sky-high" temperatures, severe stomach pain and soiled sheets which had to be changed by her boyfriend.

The Thamesmead mum-to-be’s mother Rosemarie Smith, 44, of Walvercoat Road, told News Shopper: "I thought I was losing my daughter and my grandson. "I have never ever seen anything like it in my life - I think it is absolutely disgusting.

"If they dealt with her sooner it might not have got that far but the fact she went through hell and back was unbelievable."

Ms Painell, who also lives in Walvercoat Road, said she was first taken to hospital on February 4 and dismissed three times with a severe rash, temperature, lack of appetite and pains.

The 15-weeks pregnant patient was kept for hours in waiting rooms or small cubicles without a bed as staff quibbled over which department was responsible for her.

Her mum said the family was turned "upside down" with worry during the agonising week and claims the hospital refused to give the baby a scan to check his health. She said: "By Saturday night she was very poorly and very scared and we didn’t know what to do so we took her back again.

"By Sunday morning we were pacing the floors - I can’t explain to you in words how ill she was."

A nurse passed the family a number for organisation Patient Action Group (PAG) who paid for a private scan, showing the baby boy was healthy, although there are fears he may be born deaf or blind.

Ms Painell said: "I am feeling better. Just a little bit depressed, a little teary. I am worried about the baby."


 

A PAG spokeswoman said: "“With every call a member of PAG takes, we never think things can get worse.
 

"The case of Leah Painell is one of the worst to date, as it is not just the life of Mrs Smith’s daughter Leah but also her unborn child."

She went on to praise whistleblowers at the hospital where she says there are many reports of bed shortages, a lack of oxygen supplies, and early patient discharges at the hospital.

PAG can be contacted at londonlink@hotmail.com

A spokesman for South London Healthcare Trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said; "We are looking into the circumstances around the care of this patient including working with colleagues from a neighbouring NHS organisation which runs the Urgent Care Centre she initially attended. 

"The patient hasn't complained to us or contacted us directly but we are keen to resolve any issues, so we would advise that the patient contacts our Patient Advice and Liasion Service on 020 8836 4592."

 

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5:47pm Mon 18 Feb 13

derekhope says...

Shocking case of neglect of duty, but I have to ask why the lady has not complained to, or even made contact with the hospital to make a formal complaint, or with the South London Healthcare Trust. Nor it would appear has Mum, who has lot to say to the NS.
Shocking case of neglect of duty, but I have to ask why the lady has not complained to, or even made contact with the hospital to make a formal complaint, or with the South London Healthcare Trust. Nor it would appear has Mum, who has lot to say to the NS. derekhope

6:14pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Threadworm says...

Derekhope aka Clara your so transparent
Contacting the pals or the trust you must be a bigger joker than a corrupt liar.

Why do you think nobody contacts the trust because the lines are always busy with complaints and the hospital full of bullies if they dare to complain

Still we suppose you could always say the mortality rates are down but that's because the patients are sent home too early. They can die then.

You just remember one thing the corruption in the trust will be exposed soon and those bullies will fall like dominoes.
Elderly have a right to decent treatment and to live like any patient .

This young girl was fortunate to get PAG help
Derekhope aka Clara your so transparent Contacting the pals or the trust you must be a bigger joker than a corrupt liar. Why do you think nobody contacts the trust because the lines are always busy with complaints and the hospital full of bullies if they dare to complain Still we suppose you could always say the mortality rates are down but that's because the patients are sent home too early. They can die then. You just remember one thing the corruption in the trust will be exposed soon and those bullies will fall like dominoes. Elderly have a right to decent treatment and to live like any patient . This young girl was fortunate to get PAG help Threadworm

9:47am Tue 19 Feb 13

concerned.erith says...

Early discharges at QE - don't make me laugh! My husband was admitted on 20/1 had an operation botched 3 days later and only came out yesterday.

Threadworm get off your conspiracy theories - Clara!
Early discharges at QE - don't make me laugh! My husband was admitted on 20/1 had an operation botched 3 days later and only came out yesterday. Threadworm get off your conspiracy theories - Clara! concerned.erith

3:54pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Rednose1965 says...

Disgusting place, what must have that poor girl and her family gone through, I myself had a similar experience at that hell hole, rude staff who don't seem to know their job. Sent home just to have to go back, in the end having to go to a completely different hospital to get diagnosed correctly!!!
Disgusting place, what must have that poor girl and her family gone through, I myself had a similar experience at that hell hole, rude staff who don't seem to know their job. Sent home just to have to go back, in the end having to go to a completely different hospital to get diagnosed correctly!!! Rednose1965

7:20pm Tue 19 Feb 13

lollie,erith says...

they just chuck you out without proper treatment and tick you off the list as a 'job done' to meet their so called targets. its disgusting. another hospital even got security to try and throw my sister out and she said im not moving, you give me a hospital bed and the treatment im entitled to. in the end they did but how disgusting to be treated like that, hope everything goes well with mum and baby.
they just chuck you out without proper treatment and tick you off the list as a 'job done' to meet their so called targets. its disgusting. another hospital even got security to try and throw my sister out and she said im not moving, you give me a hospital bed and the treatment im entitled to. in the end they did but how disgusting to be treated like that, hope everything goes well with mum and baby. lollie,erith

10:31am Wed 20 Feb 13

Threadworm says...

Thank goodness PATIENT ACTION GROUP keep helping these patients and sending the patients to news shopper

PATIENT ACTION GROUP can be contacted at

patientactiongroup@y
ahoo.com
Thank goodness PATIENT ACTION GROUP keep helping these patients and sending the patients to news shopper PATIENT ACTION GROUP can be contacted at patientactiongroup@y ahoo.com Threadworm

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