Hundreds injured by inserted objects

Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Doncaster Royal Infirmary

DONCASTER Royal Infirmary has revealed two patients needed additional surgery to remove items left inside them during treatment.

The figures, which relate to 2011, reveal the patients needed extra surgery to remove wick gauze, which is used to dress wounds, and a metallic component used to pack wounds.

Due to the nature of the objects that needed removing, the hospital does not need to class them as an ‘event’ in its records.

Figures obtained from the Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust under the Freedom of Information Act also revealed the hospital’s accident and emergency department dealt with 754 cases of people needing foreign objects removing from their bodies between January 2011 and the end of February this year.

Of these, 70 people could not be dealt with by A&E staff so were admitted to hospital for further treatment to remove the foreign object.

The hospital did however decline to provide a list of items that needed removing from people’s bodies as part of the request.