Staph com­plaint after Char­lies visit

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

AN EL­DERLY Jolimont res­i­dent is con­sid­er­ing le­gal ac­tion after he de­vel­oped a staph in­fec­tion fol­low­ing a rou­tine pro­ce­dure at Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal.

Boyd Ack­land un­der­went four skin can­cer re­movals in the hos­pi­tal’s der­ma­tol­ogy depart­ment be­fore Christ­mas last year.

He said he had con­cerns about ster­il­i­sa­tion pro­ce­dures as­so­ci­ated with his surgery. Among sev­eral claims, Mr Ack­land said a staff mem­ber did not fol­low proper ster­il­i­sa­tion pro­ce­dures after an­swer­ing their phone in the surgery.

Fol­low­ing the pro­ce­dure, the 83year-old said the four wounds on his shoul­der, stom­ach and both sides of his stom­ach be­came in­fected, caus­ing him a lot of pain.

He said over the Christ­mas break the depart­ment shut down and he was forced to go to the emer­gency room to seek treat­ment.

“I have never ex­pe­ri­enced so much pain in all my life as I did with this in­fec­tion,” he said. “It was horrible.”

Mr Ack­land wrote to Health Min­is­ter John Day ear­lier this month with a com­plaint about his ex­pe­ri­ence at the hos­pi­tal.

He said he was cur­rently in the process of meet­ing with lawyers to con­sider fur­ther ac­tion.

“I’ve un­der­gone around 20 pro­ce­dures sim­i­lar to this and I’ve never once had an in­fec­tion,” he said.

Mr Day con­firmed he had re­ceived Mr Ack­land’s let­ter and was fol­low­ing the is­sue. “I take these con­cerns very se­ri­ously, as does the hos­pi­tal and I have asked for a de­tailed re­port on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

A spokesman from the North Metropoli­tan Health Ser­vice said staff at the hos­pi­tal were aware of the re­quire­ment of in­fec­tion con­trol.

“The Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal takes the is­sue of in­fec­tion very se­ri­ously and all ef­forts are taken to re­duce the oc­cur­rences of in­fec­tion,” he said.

“The par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent is cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and an out­come ex­pected soon.

“De­pend­ing on the out­come, the staff may be fur­ther ed­u­cated or trained; re­peat oc­cur­rences may re­sult in dis­ci­pline and/or per­for­mance man­age­ment.”

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