Woman's fears after visiting hospital

ONE Ipswich woman is so concerned about the standards of cleanliness at the town's hospital she says she is "terrified" of needing to go there for treatment.

ONE Ipswich woman is so concerned about the standards of cleanliness at the town's hospital she says she is "terrified" of needing to go there for treatment.

Jean Keeble has spoken out about the hospital after hearing about other patients who have complained of dirty wards and unhygienic conditions.

Mrs Keeble's husband Raymond was admitted to the hospital in May this year after developing MRSA while he had treatment for a blood disorder.

Although Mr Keeble, 75, was placed in an isolation ward, his wife says some staff failed to wear gloves when treating him and bottles of urine were not cleared away and instead were left sitting by his bed.


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"There were urine bottles lined up where the nurses treating him had left them at the bottom of the bed," said Mrs Keeble.

"They had been there since 6am and all through the day. I complained and the nurses said they would move them but they didn't so eventually I moved them into a sink, but then a nurse told me off.

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"The next day they were left on a small table."

Mrs Keeble, 75, also said few people wore gloves when treating her husband.

"It was just awful, every day I had to get a wipe and clean the table from top to bottom, it had marks all over it.

"The arms on the chair and the sink were both disgusting - you would think in an isolation ward they would be very fussy about hygiene.

"They have cleaner on the wall to clean hands with but I never saw the nurses using it."

Mrs Keeble, of Whitton Church Lane, said she is now fearful about what could happen if her husband had to return to hospital.

"It is so sad and it frightens me what is happening at the hospital - I would hate for him to have to go in again and I know he would be scared.

"The thought of needing treatment myself terrifies me."

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