Sewage Pours into Brain Surgery Unit at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth

Brain and spinal operations have been cancelled after raw sewage poured into a brain surgery unit at Scotland's flagship hospital campus.


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Medics have called off a number of procedures at the Institute of Neurosciences, in Glasgow, due to the risk of infection to patients.

Only emergency operations are being carried out after bosses were forced to close one of the facility's operating theatres.

The unit is based in an older building on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, home to Scotland's new £842million "super hospital".

The building has suffered a long-running problem with plumbing and staff have revealed that operating theatres have been affected in the past.

Pre-planned procedures, including brain and spinal surgery, have been cancelled and are being transferred to the new hospital building.

One surgeon is said to [have] told a patient: "Your operation is cancelled because there is brown stuff running down the walls."

A health board source revealed: "Faeces are coming down the walls. It's been happening for several years but it's getting beyond a joke.

"The pipes up on the wards get clogged and overflow.

"Staff morale is absolutely horrendous. I've worked here for 15 years. I wouldn't want my relatives to get surgery here at this point."

An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesman said the leak was the second incident in February and explained that infection control experts advised that operations be cancelled.

He added: "The recovery area, not the operating theatres, in the Institute of Neurosciences, was affected by a leak from pipes in the wards above.

"We have postponed some elective surgical procedures while our estates staff conduct essential survey work to identify remedial work required.

"Two operating theatres are being used for emergency procedures which are being carried out as normal."

The health board added that a new £7million state-of-the-art operating theatre suite is due to open early next year, with the existing operating theatres refurbished for alternative uses.

The spokesman added: "We recognise that this is frustrating for our patients, families and our staff and would like to express our apologies to those patients affected."


Source: The Scotsman/Daily Express



Sewage Pours into Brain Surgery Unit at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth

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