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Hospital probes 'dirty ward' photos

PUBLISHED: 17:05 07 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010

DIRTY wards at the Royal London Hospital

DIRTY wards at the Royal London Hospital

AN INVESTIGATION is underway after blood-splattered walls and filthy showers at the Royal London Hospital were caught on camera by a patient. Bosses at the Whitechapel hospital are arranging to meet with patient Mark Bates after he cont

By Gemma Collins

AN INVESTIGATION is underway after blood-splattered walls and filthy showers at the Royal London Hospital were caught on camera by a patient.

Bosses at the Whitechapel hospital are arranging to meet with patient Mark Bates after he contacted The Sun about his stay on Mill Ward following a triple heart bypass.

The 43-year-old and his partner Paula took shocking photos on their mobile phones of blood on the walls, days-old faeces in the showers and blood-filled syringes on the floors of patient toilets.

And when the company director who lives in Canary Warf told a nurse about the conditions she allegedly shrugged her shoulders, told him to use a different toilet and said: "People come in from the outside to take drugs, what do you expect?"

The pictures emerged just as the Government's 'deep clean' scheme of the country's 1,500 hospitals came to an end, with the Royal London having had to scrub its wards to get rid of the superbugs MRSA and C.Difficile.

The Barts and The London Trust, which runs the Royal London, is waiting for an official complaint from Mark before an investigation is launched.

But Mark said: "I was frightened if I didn't die from the complications caused by my heart operation, I would die on the filthy ward.

"The medical care I received was first-rate but the hygiene was atrocious."

A Barts and The London Trust spokeswoman told the Advertiser: "We are sorry to hear about Mark's experience and we take his concerns about cleanliness very seriously.

"Ward toilets and bathrooms are cleaned each morning and lunchtime, then inspected again late afternoon and any cleaning needs addressed immediately.

"For any additional cleaning needs later in the day, ward staff can call a helpdesk to request additional cleaning resources if needed.

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