Po­lice­man re­fused ur­gent HIV drugs by hospi­tal

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STUART GREER

MACCLESFIELD Hospi­tal has apol­o­gised af­ter re­fus­ing a po­lice­man emer­gency HIV drugs when he was stabbed with a used nee­dle.

Roger Mayo, 41, claims his life could have been put at risk be­cause of a mix-up be­tween Greater Manch­ester Po­lice’s Oc­cu­pa­tional Health depart­ment and the sex­ual health clinic at the hospi­tal.

It hap­pened af­ter PC Mayo was in­jured by a used sy­ringe while search­ing a drug ad­dict known to share nee­dles.

The ter­ri­fied of­fi­cer man­aged to get an emer­gency five day course of the anti-HIV med­i­ca­tion called post-ex­po­sure pro­phy­laxis (PEP) – which is used to pre­vent in­fec­tion af­ter the virus has en­tered the body – but then strug­gled to get the es­sen­tial month-long treat­ment needed to com­plete the course.

He says the Force’s Oc­cu­pa­tional Health depart­ment told him to get the drugs from his lo­cal sex­ual health clinic, but the clinic, based at Macclesfield Hospi­tal, re­fused be­cause it was an ‘in­dus­trial in­jury’.

In des­per­a­tion PC Mayo, with help from his GP, fi­nally man­aged to get treat­ment from another clinic.

But he says the lack of clar­ity about who should treat the in­jury has put his life at risk, and he now faces a ner­vous year-long wait for blood tests for HIV and Hep-C to con­firm whether or not he has been in­fected. PC Mayo said: “The treat­ment is very reg­i­mented and should not be in­ter­rupted, so con­tin­u­ing it was im­per­a­tive and I had a small time frame to get the re­main­ing treat­ment.

“When I con­tacted the Macclesfield clinic I was told I could not have it be­cause it was an in­dus- trial in­jury, whereas oc­cu­pa­tional health were telling me I had to go through the NHS. I went to my doc­tor and he was out­raged and made an emer­gency re­fer­ral, only for it to be re­fused again.”

He said: “I am very an­gry at GMP and the NHS. They both fobbed me off and left me to get on with it. As an apol­ogy, it’s pa­thetic. My wife and I were hop­ing to start a fam­ily, but that is on hold un­til I know I am clear. We are also strug­gling to get a mort­gage with this hang­ing over us.”

The sy­ringe in­ci­dent took place in the Bur­nage area of Manch­ester ear­lier this year.

PC Mayo out­side Macclesfield Hospi­tal, where he was re­fused ur­gent HIV treat­ment af­ter be­ing stabbed with a used nee­dle

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