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A patient screams in pain during an operation and the surgeon carries on. She has her knickers forcibly removed and is given a suppository against her will full horror here

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Health Service Ombudsman

The Health Ombudsman has taken up the case of the sexual assault on a patient who had her knickers removed during an operation even after she had expressly forbidden it and she was then given a suppository against her consent.  The hospital have constantly refused to investigate the case and discipline the staff and interestingly when the GMC investigated no one would admit removing the patient knickers or giving the suppository or seeing anyone do it. If it was done as a genuine mistake one would expect people to own up and say SORRY.

The fact that it’s being covered up suggests it was either done to cause distress to the patient as she had complained about staff before or for sexual gratification of staff that enjoy forcibly stripping sedated women and buggering them.

The Ombudsman have reported back and found in the patients favour for the second time but despite this the hospital refuse to take any action against the nurses concerned. If they refuse to take action you can only conclude that they don't care if nurses sexual assault patients. The nurses have even tried to get the patient arrested for harassment for exposing the truth of their  assault. They dont seem to care that the patient is still having nightmares of being gang raped and her life has changed forever due to this assault. The nurse are currently being pursued by there governing bodies and its hoped they will be brought to justice and be made to pay for their crimes



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Join our campaign to stop sexual assault in Leighton Hospital. Many women and some men have complained about what they see as sexual assault by this they mean they have gone for an operation and had their underwear on and then woke up from the operation only to find their underwear has been removed without their consent and often they have been buggered by having a suppository given without consent.

For many this has been a traumatic experience with long term effects and nightmares and any Muslim women would be mortified if this happened. It comes down to a simple failure of Leighton Hospital to communicate with patients and being totally arrogant   that they can do what the hell they like. People are not being told enough information for them to make and informed decision and thus give informed consent.

If you go in for an operation and they explain before you are put to sleep and you give consent and remove your own underwear then there is no problem. If you turn up in theatre a sleep and with your knickers on then it’s clear you haven’t given consent for them to be removed and being a sleep can’t give consent. Removing your own knickers is one thing but when a group of people do it for you its like a gang rape attack. Often people take this in even if a sleep.

We asked that they simple ensure that no one removes any ones knickers if they are a sleep unless it’s an emergency and that patients are checked before they have any pre med to ensure knickers are removed if needed or to confirm the patient’s wishes that they are not  removed. The cost of this is zero but Leighton Hospital doesn’t want to know.

The Health Services Ombudsman has now ruled on a case and found it’s not acceptable to remove knickers and give suppositories without consent. We hope this ruling will force changes to Leighton Hospital and as some people want to press criminal charges of sexual assault against staff this may bring the message home.

Its down to lack of communication you may give consent to an operation but have know idea that this entails having you knickers removed, you may even give consent to a suppository and they be shocked when it happens as many people don’t know that this entails someone sticking their finger up you backside.  You must ensure that patients understand what you mean saying a suppository is like saying an endoscopies people just don’t know what they hell your talking about

Nurse and Doctors don’t seem to have any comprehension of dominant role. If you are upset afraid and vulnerable in a state of undress and a person in a uniform towers above you this is a very dominate position and you may fell forced to comply because of this. If they came down to the patients level then this effect is reduced and again doesn’t take a genius to work out.

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robert pickthall

Enter Your Complaint on xmas eve 2010 i was admitted to Leighton Hospital for cardiac investigation. Plus injuries i sustained due to my collapse.
While a patient on CCU1 i had reason to defend another patient who was in distress and in need of medical assistance d was repeatedly being ignored by the night staff. This resulted in a number of staff withdrawing medical service to me and i left Hospital after 8 days with no assesment and treatment of my injuries.
I contacted the Trust and asked for an explanation, i still await an explanation.
In frustration i asked that i be permitted to access my medical notes and the Trust agreed. To my horror one of the staff had made a completely false accusation against me. Of course i demanded that the Trust investigate and provide me an opportunity of redress. The Trust notified me 19-01-2011 that they would not respond to my request and that the matter was closed.
I want to say to all Patients reading this please ask to read your notes and see what if anything staff have been saying about you, remember it is your legal right to see those notes.
To conclude the Trust may well think this matter is closed but i assure them it is not.

martin long

Enter Your Complaint on the 17th jan 2011 my daughter had her first baby at leighton. i must say theway she has been treated leaves a lot to be desired. first of all i must say the maternity ward is in a filthy condition. the sides are dirty, the floors are dusty and stained and the curtains around the beds are blood stained. the showers were not fit to shower in as they were dirty with other peoples blood. as for the treatment of my daughter she needed steroid medication as last year she had a tumour removed from her pituatry gland but the staff didnt seem to no when how much and even if she should have it although it is on her notes. she was left in the shower room alonafter having a caeserean and she was still unsteady on her feet. she was unable to dry herself but when buzzing for help and waiting 15 mins no one came to help so she had to go back to her room where her husband had to help her. also she was upset because there was a confliction of ideas being thrown at her as to what she needed to do regarding the feeding of the baby all in all she found the whole experience of childbirth a leighton distressing and not a happy event as it should have been

louise brooks

Enter Your Complaint i am disgusted with the way my nana is currently being treated in hospital. my nana health is deteriating as staff cant be bothered to sit and feed her.
you dont have correct moving and handling equipment. nurses are grabbing her and pulling her up the bed, which is illegal.

mrs eileen haynes

Enter Your Complaint my sister Angela Farrell is on ward 21a I visited her today to find her in a bad way her finger was bruised and painful she said her shoulder was sore she thought it could be broken as she was in so much pain.she said she was restrained by staff on the 16th novemer 2010 and they caused her injury,i spoke to the staff who said they new nothing.i reported it to the lady in charge who said she would talk to Angela but Angela would not speake to her.Angela needs medical attention to her finger.I know Angela is not well but something has happened and I would appreciate it if you would look into this for us please.
regards mrs E Haynes

Fiona Anthony

Enter Your Complaint Whilst visiting my son today I was disgusted at the state of the floor in his side room (ward 7). It was so dirty it was STICKY around the edges. I understand that a floor can wear, but this was not just wear and tear it was dirt which appeared to have been there for quite a long time. My work involves teaching nurses, one of my subjects is infection control. My son does not know I have written this so I would be grateful if he does not find out that I have complained because it would worry him. Regards, Fiona Anthony RGN RM BSc MSc MISTC

Geraldine Floyd

Enter Your Complaint My daughter was referred by out of hours gp because she was in considerable pain from a suspected kidney infection(2/10/10)
We arrived at a&e to be told there were no beds. She was given some pain killers and we waited for 3 h in the waiting room. Her pain was increasing so i asked for help. we moved to the a& e obs ward where we waited for another 4h before a doctor assessed her, despite me asking for help on a number of occasions.
She was transferred to eau at 11pm then on to ward 12.
She didn't see a doctor until 4pm the following day, was constantly in pain (level 3) and being sick.
The doctor said she was obviously not very well and she was given gentomicin.
Today 4/10/10)she had an x-ray and ultrasound.
She has had pain all day. The doctor reviewed her at 4pm and said that all the scans were clear and she would be going home in the morning.
I find it very worrying that someone in so much pain can
1 Not be given appropriate pain relief
2 Not be seen urgently by a doctor
3 When initial tests come up blank no further investigation is made as to the cause of the pain.
Two years ago she was sent home after a similar episode and had to return as an emergency with septicaemia.
I am seriously disturbed by a system which allows this to happen.

mrs june stanley

Enter Your Complaint My Father, Mr Henry McLeod, was admitted to ward 10 on tuesday 21st september at 5.30pm.He had pains around his stomach, had been sick and was feeling rather dizzy. I arrived at 6pm and asked the ward manager, Rebecca Constantine would it be likely that my father would be staying in overnight, she replied that she didn't know at this point, he was down for x-ray and blood tests, it was best to see was the outcome was.
After waiting for another hour or so, I asked her again as no-one had been to see him, he was getting sleepy and was uncomfortable, i asked if he should get a gown on and get into bed, she repied with the same answer as before but said she would get him a gown, this never came.
He eventually went down to x-ray and had his blood tests done at 9.30pm. I then asked ,on more than two occasions if he was staying in and shouldn't he be getting a gown on, he was very tired at this point and falling asleep in the chair. Rebecca Constantine still kept saying he may not be kept in, yet at this point she must have known he was staying in as it was not long after when she went home having changed over her shift and filling in my Fathers notes.
The first we knew of him staying in was at 11.05pm when the night-shift nurse asked why we were still there.
This ward manager knew early on that he was being kept in overnight, he could have been made more comfortable at a more reasonable time and my Brother and I could have left him in peace to sleep it off. She just didn't seem bothered at all, I feel her behavior that night was not acceptable.
Not only that, he was taken to ward 13 the next day, had a better day, but when he was discharged and unpacked his belongings he'd had in the hospital, he found someone else's tablets.
These were Metronidazole, Codeine Phosphate and Augmentin, they belonged to Matthew Smith.
My Father was a bit confused as when I left, I had explained what he had to take, which was only laxatives and paracetemol, and that was all.
When he came to take them that night. luckily he read the name on the boxes and phoned me up about them.
This was quite unbelieveable and disgusting. It shouldn't have happened.
I can't even begin to think what could have happened had he taken them.
Whilst I understand fully that the nurses are rushed and under-staffed, this should never have happened.

Mr Simon K Taylor

Enter Your Complaint My Father Kenneth Taylor was admitted to Leighton Hospital on Tuesday 24th August after suffering a stroke.
He was undergoing treatment in the Stroke rehab ward 6 he had started physio but took ill, fainted, and was put into the coronary ward whilst tests were carried out. He has been in there for the past ten days. After undergoing various tests he is still there as we are led to believe that there is now a shortage of beds in the rehab ward for strokes. Whilst we understand that this may be the case, we are very concerned as my father has not moved in 10 days and has only received physio once, although the nurses and the sister on the ward are saying he has had physio because it says so in the book at the end of the bed. I can assure you that this is not the case, my father has had a stroke not lost his mind.I am most concerned that he is going to lose muscle and the ability to walk if he is there much longer.
Also because he can't get out of bed he is having to use bed pans which is at best upsetting for him but made worse by the fact that on one ocassion the night nurse has made him feel a total nuisance, and quite dissmisive of his situation and infact he didn't call her last night and sat in his own urine for 4 hours until another nurse came on only to find him cold and upset. I believe this has been brought to the attention of the Senior Nurse on the ward.

My concerns are as follows:

# Having suffered a stroke, what are the effects when no Physio treatment is given and the patient is left motionless in a bed for 10 days.
# By the very nature of having specialist units, does this not in itself say it is wrong to have my father in a Coronary ward.
#How can the staff of the coronary ward be expected to have the correct depth of knowledge to look after a patient suffering from a stroke. Lifts, hoists, etc.

I would ask for a meeting with the specialst overlooking my fathers treatment early this week which will give me the platform to gain comfort that a clear plan is in place to my fathers recovery.

Helen Trower

Enter Your Complaint I am appalled and disgusted by the treatment(non treatment) that my mother received during this last fortnight. She had her stomach removed last year and is very weak, she has had recurrent problems with her bowels and had subsequent blood transfusions. about a fortnight ago, her blood tests revealed she was very anaemic, and had very low protein levels and Dr Patterson, (Dr Mckay's clinic) advised at the wendesday clinic that she would need some urgent tests to look at the bowel. She finally got a bed on the friday in ward 6. What a disgusting place, most of the staff appear dirty, an elderly gentleman wandering around with wet trousers, neglected to say the least. My mother came out last friday, she was supposed to have had barium wash and protein infusion, in fact the person who was going to conduct the barium meal was off sick. She has since been at home with severe diarrhoea and vomiting, probably as a result of the noro virus that was present on the next ward. My mother was in hospital for a week, what a waste of time. She is going back this friday for tests. Her consultant did not even realise she was in hospital. What a farce. Leighton hospital is a liabilty.


Email Address: ness_an_nell@hotmail.com

Dear Sir or Madam

D.O.B: 01/02/2009

I wish to make a make a formal complaint about the care my child and I received from your Trust/Practice Crewe on 31/01/09 and 01/02/09.

I started in labour at 11pm in Leighton Hospital and so was taken to the labour ward. They then sent me back to ward 22 and then again sent me back to the labour ward at about 2am. They then gave me gas and air to help, I then started pushing. By 6am I was still pushing and so they told me to stop pushing and get onto all fours to help as the baby was facing the wrong way. I was pushing in this position for over an hour. The midwife told me I would need help with delivering the baby as he was so big. At 11am they took me to another ward and gave me pethidine and tried to give me an epidural which failed, then they tried to give me another epidural further up my back and this also failed. At lunch time (12:00) I was seen by a Doctor, by this time I was crying in pain and pleading for a section, he said he’d leave me for an hour and come back. He came back at about 1pm and I still pleaded to him for a section, so he said he would come back again in another hour. He then came back at 2pm and said the same yet again. He then came back at something past 2 and said he would give me a spinal block. They gave me the spinal block and my son was finally born by forceps delivery as my son got stuck when being delivered. His nerves are now damaged causing him to have ‘Erb’s Palsy’ (paralysis of the arm resulting from injury to the brachial plexus). Two nerves were damaged, one has now been repaired through an operation but the other is so damaged that he cannot move his shoulder, this is because the nerve was pulled off his spine. Because of this he will not be able to do many of the things normal children do when growing up for instance; crawling. My son will have to live with this for the rest of his life.

I would be grateful if you would investigate my compliant and I look forward to receiving your acknowledgment letter. I understand you will provide me with an individual timescale for dealing with my compliant.

Yours sincerely
Carolann Heath

Name: Barbara Dean

Email Address: barb123@tiscali.co.uk

Ref: Samantha Dean 30 Romanes Street Northwich Ches CW8 1DF
Dear Sir/Madam
I am writing to register an official complaint against Leighton Hospital, concerning the treatment of my Granddaughter Samantha Dean during her recent pregnancy and delivery.
Samantha first had to be admitted to ward 23 approximately 3 weeks before her delivery date, 19th Dec 09, with intense pain in her back and stomach, this was diagnosed as a bladder infection and she was given antibiotics and pain relief. The infection didn’t clear and became a kidney infection. The consequences of this were that Samantha endured a great deal of pain and was in and out of hospital almost daily during the last few weeks of her pregnancy, having to have stronger and stronger pain killers. She was also suffering from extreme pain in her hip which she received pain relief for but no explanation as to why this should be happening.
The consequences of all this to-ing and fro-ing, was that Samantha had very little sleep during this time and became more and more distressed and weak.
Prior to this when Samantha was around 7mths pregnant, she was told that the baby was growing quickly and that there was a great possibility that it would be at least between 7-8lb and this would possibly cause her problems giving birth, and that they would not want her to go over her due date. Samantha is only 17yrs old, under 5 foot and of slim build.
When she reached her due date, she was then told that nothing would be done for her until she was two weeks overdue.
Taking into account the distressed condition she was in, and the amount of drugs she was being given, I feel this was not in her or the baby’s best interest. That being said, eventually, being past her due date, and in hospital again to receive more pain killers and antibiotics, they did a procedure to induce her but sent her home again immediately, only for her to go into labour some 8hrs later and have to be re-admitted with intense pain. She was sent home again after approx 5 hrs, still in pain, as she was only 3cm. approximately 16hrs later she was re-admitted and had to be given diamorphine for the pain. After several other drugs plus an epidural, a cesarean was eventually carried out and the baby was born 8lb 12oz.
Once the baby was born, on Christmas Day, she was returned to ward 23 and the next day, still having had no proper sleep and on strong pain relief, she was made to get out of bed, walk down the corridor quite a way, have a shower, where she would have been left alone if I hadn’t gone with her, and was still expected to look after the baby in the middle of the night.
I appreciate that it was not good for her to stay in bed as there is the risk of thrombosis, and that she needed to learn to look after the baby, but at no time was any consideration given to her physical condition, also being short she had great difficulty getting on and off the bed which could not be lowered further, this was made worse by the extreme pain she was still getting in her hip, but she was not given any help, even her family were told not to help her. There were other empty beds on the ward which would have been more suitable but at no time was she offered this option.
Under normal circumstances I would have whole heartedly agreed that she had to learn to cope on her own, but these were NOT normal circumstances.
The consequences of this lack of sleep, severe pain and strong pain relief was that by the third night she was completely worn out. It was in this condition that she was awoken again in the night and made to feed the baby. The staff did not take any care to ensure she could manage, even though she repeatedly told them she couldn’t cope, and they left her alone. Samantha fell asleep holding the baby and because the staff had not ensured that the sides were up, and that the baby had support, as Samantha was not in a fit state do this herself, the baby fell off the bed.
This is totally unacceptable behavior by people who have a responsibility to take all due care to protect the patients in their care.
This is just a brief synopsis of what occurred, there are other instances where she was not treated with the respect that we all deserve.

Yours faithfully

Barbara Dean (Mrs)

Email Address: trevormillington@aol.com

Enter Your Complaint This complaint concerns a total failure by staff in the employ of the Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust at Leighton Hospital to protect the confidentiality of patients' medical records. My father recently died in the hospital and, as I had concerns about the quality of care he had received there, I required the hospital to produce his medical records under the Access to Health Records Act 1990. When the records arrived, I was shocked to discover that included with them were records relating to two other patients. In particular there was a letter for a consultant gastro enterologist to a lady patient's general practitioner going into considerable detail about internal health problems. The letter included the patient's full name, home address, date of birth and medical number. Quite apart from being a gross breach of confidentality, this information in the wrong hands could easily facilitate identity theft.

Despite a strongly worded complaint, I have yet to receive a satisfactory explanation from the hospital as to what occurred. In the absence of such an explanation, it seems to me that no patient at Leighton can have any confidence that their right to personal privacy will be respected.

Email Address: bessiebooh@aol.com

Enter Your Complaint My aged mother has dementia and has been admitted to Leigton several times this year due to not eating or drink (dementia) On going into Leighton she could walk to the toilet and was quite chatty. While she was there we noticed a big change she was upset because the nurses did not have the time to take her to the toilet instead left her on a commode. The ladies in the ward said my mother was crying to get of the commode but the nurses kept saying in a minute, the mnute turned to nearly ten , everytime we visited mother was lying in the feotal postion in pain because pain relief was not given on time. She was not encouraged to drink or eat again not enough time to sit and say come on a littel more. Mother with dementia had been moved from ward to ward which was terribly confusing for her. Mother came home worse after her stay in Leighton could not walk to the toilet anymore wets herself is very confused . A little thought for the elderly dementia patients would be appreciated. Music in the ward help take patients to the bathroom retain what little dignity they have left. let familes come in to comfort their parents and spend time keeping them occcupied. Keep their brains working do not let dementia patients slip even further into another world. Respect the elderly give them TIME...

Email Address: barb123@tiscali.co.uk

Dear Sir/Madam
I am writing to register an official complaint against Leighton Hospital, concerning the treatment of my Granddaughter Samantha Dean during her recent pregnancy and delivery.
Samantha first had to be admitted to ward 23 approximately 3 weeks before her delivery date, 19th Dec 09, with intense pain in her back and stomach, this was diagnosed as a bladder infection and she was given antibiotics and pain relief. The infection didn’t clear and became a kidney infection. The consequences of this were that Samantha endured a great deal of pain and was in and out of hospital almost daily during the last few weeks of her pregnancy, having to have stronger and stronger pain killers. She was also suffering from extreme pain in her hip which she received pain relief for but no explanation as to why this should be happening.
The consequences of all this to-ing and fro-ing, was that Samantha had very little sleep during this time and became more and more distressed and weak.
Prior to this when Samantha was around 7mths pregnant, she was told that the baby was growing quickly and that there was a great possibility that it would be at least between 7-8lb and this would possibly cause her problems giving birth, and that they would not want her to go over her due date. Samantha is only 17yrs old, under 5 foot and of slim build.
When she reached her due date, she was then told that nothing would be done for her until she was two weeks overdue.
Taking into account the distressed condition she was in, and the amount of drugs she was being given, I feel this was not in her or the baby’s best interest. That being said, eventually, being past her due date, and in hospital again to receive more pain killers and antibiotics, they did a procedure to induce her but sent her home again immediately, only for her to go into labour some 8hrs later and have to be re-admitted with intense pain. She was sent home again after approx 5 hrs, still in pain, as she was only 3cm. approximately 16hrs later she was re-admitted and had to be given diamorphine for the pain. After several other drugs plus an epidural, a cesarean was eventually carried out and the baby was born 8lb 12oz.
Once the baby was born, on Christmas Day, she was returned to ward 23 and the next day, still having had no proper sleep and on strong pain relief, she was made to get out of bed, walk down the corridor quite a way, have a shower, where she would have been left alone if I hadn’t gone with her, and was still expected to look after the baby in the middle of the night.
I appreciate that it was not good for her to stay in bed as there is the risk of thrombosis, and that she needed to learn to look after the baby, but at no time was any consideration given to her physical condition, also being short she had great difficulty getting on and off the bed which could not be lowered further, this was made worse by the extreme pain she was still getting in her hip, but she was not given any help, even her family were told not to help her. There were other empty beds on the ward which would have been more suitable but at no time was she offered this option.
Under normal circumstances I would have whole heartedly agreed that she had to learn to cope on her own, but these were NOT normal circumstances.
The consequences of this lack of sleep, severe pain and strong pain relief was that by the third night she was completely worn out. It was in this condition that she was awoken again in the night and made to feed the baby. The staff did not take any care to ensure she could manage, even though she repeatedly told them she couldn’t cope, and they left her alone. Samantha fell asleep holding the baby and because the staff had not ensured that the sides were up, and that the baby had support, as Samantha was not in a fit state do this herself, the baby fell off the bed.
This is totally unacceptable behavior by people who have a responsibility to take all due care to protect the patients in their care.
This is just a brief synopsis of what occurred, there are other instances where she was not treated with the respect that we all deserve.

Yours faithfully

Barbara Dean (Mrs)

On 4th March 2009 Brenda Slater was admitted to ward 6 and next day to ward 2,she went in to have her lungs drained.On 10 March she had the runs, and was told she had an infection but never told were the infection was. she was given antibiotics, which never helped, she was in pain. Brenda had cancer of the Pancreas.She was discharged on 24th March,on 25th March she was very poorly. Brenda was admitted into St Lukes Hospice on 31st March and died on the 2nd April, we were told she had Cdiff. She was obviously sent out of hospital with it and nobody was told.


My partner's grandad was taken into leighton on Wednesday 8th of april 2009 after having a fall in the house. He was put into ward7. When we went to see him the following day we found him lying down in bed trying to eat a bowl of soup which was going every where. We asked him why did'nt he ask for help he told us that he did but was ignored. So myself and my partner ended up lifting him up the bed as know staff where available to help. He was also being sick and left in the dirty pj's all day. The family also had to take him to the toilet as he was ignored to the stage where i think they got fed up with him asking to go that they put a catheter in site just for the sake of it. My Grandfather has prostrate cancer which mean's he goes to the toilet alot. He also has problem's in the bowel department as well so they gave him stuff to make him go which worked with good result's. But yet again after asking to the toilet a few time's due to the medication working he was ignored again and was given a pad to put on and told to use it. My grandfather is in his 80 and very proud man how degrading is that to be told to do your business in a pad and sit on it till they can be bothered changing it. We did complain and after myself doing alot of his care for him in the hospital which should'nt come down to me we asked for him to be transfered out of leighton which he is doing today to another hospital which can give him the right treatment and care that he need's and deserves. Instead of being told that because it's easter they have a staff shortage problem. I have been in the care field for 13 year's and if i thought that i treated any of my patient's like that i would be so ashamed. Everybody has the right of dignaty and respect no matter how old you are. It is abuse and they get away with it.

EK Mcghee

I must bring to your attention the disgusting state of the "Chapel" of rest at Leighton Hospital. My niece died on Monday morning on Ward 7 and was moved to the chapel for visiting at Lunchtime.
Unfortunately this experience totally undermined all the skilful nursing care that my niece received on ward 7. The trolley was completely viewable from the viewing window as was the mattress. My niece was draped in an unironed sheet. This part of the hospital was more like a spoof scene from a Carry On film. Thank God my elderly parents decided they were unable to make this visit, they would have been appalled and horrified.
This area needs to receive urgent attention, a most unsatisfactory experience in 2008 and a disgrace on Leighton Hospital and the trust.
Sean T Traynor
Sean T Traynor
The Fox Inn
Troston Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP31 1RD

S West went into hospital 2007.

I was interested to read your campaign against sexual abuse as the very same thing happened to me. I went into Leighton Hospital for a leg operation and went into surgery with my underwear on when I came out of surgery I had had my knickers removed without my consent and I felt sexually violated. The operation site didn't require my knickers to be removed so why did they do it. The thought of  a group of people removing my knickers and seeing all my private parts when I was unconscious and unable to defend my self makes me sick. If this had happened anywhere else the people that did it would be up before the courts for sexual assault. The hospital doesn't  seem to have any idea of patients feelings you are just a piece of meat the other worrying thing is if any of the people who do this are perverts in any way they are getting away with it with no check on them. Procedures must be put into place to protect patients so that no one can have their underwear removed without written consent unless its an emergency.


J Jones (Went as a patient) said on 29 Jan 2008

Staffing levels seemed to be inadequate. On one night shift there were only 2 nurses covering 3 wards which contained a large proportion of people confined to their beds. On this and many other occasions people were ignored when they pressed their call buttons. I personally, and others in the ward, waited regularly from between 5 and 20 minutes for a bed pan and even when we got one we were often left perching on them for similar time periods. This was very distressing for some patients, and I found it very difficult as I was in a lot of pain from a broken hip. I personally dread having to come back into hospital for any length of time if I have to go through the same experience. When I was in hospital for a week prior to my recent stay I witnessed similar levels of care with many elderly patients not receiving the care they deserved and often being ignored.
I also think some staff should consider patients feelings during shift hand over. I was talked about as if I was stupid, some of the facts were incorrect at hand over and some of the nurses seem to think you are deaf and can't hear what they are saying! I was upset by some of the tactless comments made at hand over.
Communication overall could be improved.

Anonymous 1 (Went as a patient) said on 17 Dec 2007

What you liked:
The midwifery staff in general were friendly, however there was a great variation of staff who appeared unprofessional and uninterested to the wonderful but few, who were brilliant and trying to pull the weight of all the staff who really couldn't be bothered.
Morale appeared very low.

What could be improved:
My labour was difficult with the midwife delivering my baby pronouncing that she wasn't very good at this! Praise God for a senior midwife stepping in and taking over.
Staffing levels were very poor, my baby was supposed to have hourly observations, however this was only done once!
I have a medical condition which means it is very hard for me to get around, when i arrived on the ward the midwife was brilliant and very helpful, however once the shift changed i didn't see anyone till i hobbled down to the desk to ask for help!
The hospital was dirty with blood on the floors and in the bathrooms and dry vomit on the frame of the bed!
The discharge process was very poorly organised and despite having been seen and discharged by the doctors it took the midwifery staff several hours to fill in the tick chart for our discharge.

We do recognize that many of the staff are brilliant and doing a great job for low pay and deserve every praise we want the ones who cause distress to reach the  high standards set by most staff. As a balanced view we do accept comments that are positive and we will display them when we receive them.

Fury at patients left malnourished

Feb 6 2008

HUNDREDS of patients have been discharged malnourished from Leighton Hospital, according to shock figures discovered by an MP.

Tory Stephen O’Brien, whose Eddisbury constituency covers the Crewe hospital, found from 2006-07, 842 patients left malnourished from Leighton and the Victoria Infirmary, Northwich, which are both run by the Mid-Cheshire Hospitals Trust.

The Shadow Health Minister says the Government’s own figures show across Britain, 139,127 patients were discharged from hospital malnourished – an 84% increase on 1997-98.

A total of 130,594 patients were admitted to hospitals in a malnourished condition – an 85% rise from 1997-98.

Mr O’Brien said: “It is a scandal that in 21st Century Britain, we allow vulnerable patients to be let out of hospital in a malnourished state, and it is even worse that we allow thousands of patients to get more poorly while they are in hospital.
“Malnourished patients are more prone to infections, have more complications after surgery, and have higher mortality rates – yet the Government allows over 130,000 patients to enter hospital in that state.

“Nurses need to be given the time and equipment to get on with the job of caring for our most vulnerable patients.”

A spokesman for the Mid-Cheshire Hospitals Trust said it had introduced a number of initiatives during the past few years which aim to ensure the nutritional and dietary needs of patients are fully met during their stay at either Leighton Hospital or Northwich Infirmary.

“All patients identified with malnutrition are referred to a named ward dietitian and seen within 24 working hours, These patients are given a care plan, and where required, assistance at meal times.”

Emma Whittle, senior dietitian at the trust said: “Good nutrition is an essential element in patient care and recovery, so it is important patients are encouraged to eat and drink with the assistance of nursing staff, a family member or a volunteer mealtime assistant.

“In some instances, the help given may be as simple as unwrapping a bread roll or cutting up food for the patient to feed themselves. However, a considerable number of patients benefit from having one-to-one encouragement and assistance with their meal.

“When patients leave hospital, many may still be classed as ‘malnourished’’ but they will be receiving intensive treatment. Malnutrition is not something that can be rapidly corrected.”

Mother Dies in Leighton Hospital from Superbugs

Nov 7 2007

A BEREAVED son whose 86-year- old mother died after contracting two superbugs has accused Leighton Hospital of failing her and her family.

James Carter, 61, of Congleton Road, Sandbach, has lodged an official complaint against the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust following the death of his mother, Hettie McKenna, on August 26.

Mrs McKenna, lived alone at Highfield Drive in Nantwich and was fiercely independent before she was admitted to the Crewe hospital on May 25 after a minor fall.

The cause of death was recorded as clostridium difficile (C. diff) – an infection which can lead to ulceration, bleeding from the colon, peritonitis and death.

Mr Carter said: ‘She recovered quickly from her fall but was treated for a urinary infection. When they suddenly moved her to another ward I asked why and was told there had been an influx of male patients. But this wasn’t true and I eventually found out she had contracted MRSA.

‘She was then moved to the Discharged Ward and we were told she was well enough to leave and that her bed was needed quickly. However, a visiting care-home manager correctly said she was too ill to leave.

‘On subsequent visits, we became concerned about the bouts of diarrhoea she was suffering and eventually asked if it was C-Diff. Only then were we told it was. She died two weeks later.

‘I deserve answers because the trust has failed my mother and my family. Why were we not told she had caught these bugs? Why was she being prescribed antibiotics when we were told that they were what was causing the C-Difficile?

‘Why was her nightwear – thickly covered in faeces – left for us to wash when we had not been told what precautions to take whilst laundering them?’

In total there were 2,157 reports of C. diff across the North West among patients aged 65 and over between April and June this year, a decrease of 19% compared to the previous quarter.

Five Leighton Hospital patients died after catching the infection between April 2006 and April this year.

A spokeswoman for Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: ‘The trust would like to express its sincere condolences to the patient’s family.

‘The trust is taking the concerns of the family seriously and is undertaking a review of the advice and care the patient and her family received, in line with the NHS complaints procedure.

‘Once that process has concluded, the trust will share the findings of the investigation with the family.’


Leighton Hospital  TOLD TO IMPROVE

09:56 - 09 October 2007

The organisations running the ambulance service and Leighton Hospital have been told to improve how they handle complaints. An audit carried out by the Healthcare Commission has revealed that North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust and Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust are not meeting the basic standard to ensure patients, their relatives and carers are not discriminated against when complaints are made.

The audit also revealed that NWAS Trust's complaint system needed to be more accessible in terms of registering formal complaints and feedback on the quality of services.

The healthcare watchdog launched the audit after becoming concerned about how patients' complaints are handled locally.

The trusts were two of 32 chosen for inspection because of concerns that they were not meeting Government standards.

The basic standard requires trusts to make complaint procedures accessible, ensure complainants are not discriminated against and act on concerns and make changes where appropriate.

The Healthcare Commission said that trusts should do more to make it easier for people to raise a complaint.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Leighton Hospital, received 288 complaints in 2006/7 - a drop on the previous year's figures of 300 - and has received 147 complaints this year to date.

Officials reacted to the Healthcare Commission's findings by forming Matron Forums for staff to discuss complaint handling.

A spokesman said: "A thorough audit of complaints has taken place and systems have been implemented to ensure staff are trained in dealing with complaints."A NWAS spokesman said: "North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust treats complaints very seriously and welcomes the findings of the audit to ensure best practice is achieved across all areas.

"Following the audit on complaints handling within the former Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust, areas for improvement were noted by NWAS and included in the trust's action plan.

"NWAS immediately reviewed and amended its new complaints policy and stated its intention to provide information on staff attitudes, staff support and emphasised the issue of not discriminating against complainants of the services it provides.

"The Healthcare Commission acknowledged the swift action the trust has taken in response to the findings.

"The trust remains committed to ensuring all its staff are fully aware of the trust's complaints policy and procedures."

Have you lodged a complaint with one of the trusts?

A&E Leighton Hospital

I attended Leighton Hospitals A&E with a patient who had a suspected broken leg /knee. After a 2 hour weight we saw the doctor who asked the patient to jump up on the bed. The patient was crying as it was with pain sitting in a wheel chair. When I pointed out the fact the patient was small and couldn’t jump up on the bed if she was fit the doctor said I am not bending down to look at the knee. The patient was then crying with extreme pain forced to try and climb up on the bed. If the leg was broken it could have pushed the bone through the skin.

After xray it was decided that it was badly strained and swollen. The doctor offer the crying patient pain relief and asked are you allergic to anything who replied yes Paracetamol and it will be on my notes.

The patient was then given tablet containing Paracetamol which if she had taken could have been fatal even a child would not have given these tablets knowing she was allergic.

Webmaster Note Is the Doctor that gave the  Paracetamol totally incompetent or was this a deliberate act as this patient has a complaint against the hospital. If this was the case then its a very serious case but its hard to see why when she was told of the allergy and its on the notes she still gave what could be a fatal medicine. 

The Healthcare Commission report on discrimination against people who have complained says

The organisation could not demonstrate that systems had been in place to make sure that patients, relatives and carers did not suffer in their care or treatment as a result of making a complaint.

What does this mean to you?

If you are concerned about the possibility of being discriminated against as a result if making a complaint, check what written assurance the organisation has given in the information about complaints which they make available to patients. All trusts have action plans in place where they said they did not meet or could not be sure whether they met this standard.

This means this patient may have been discriminated against because she had complained


Trust fined £14,000 for Leighton hospital patient’s fall

MID Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined £14,000 after a man with mental health problems was seriously injured in a fall from a window at Leighton Hospital in Crewe. The patient, a 30-year-old who has not been named, was injured in the incident when he managed to climb out of a first-floor window at the hospital on August 4, 2005.

The Trust, which manages Leighton hospital, was fined £12,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, £2,000 for breaching health and safety management regulations, and was ordered to pay £3,982 costs at a hearing at Crewe Magistrates Court.

A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said the hospital had failed to learn from similar incidents in the past or take on board guidelines issued by the NHS, and urged bosses at Leighton hospital to take action to ensure the same cannot happen again.

Pensioner’s operation delay plight Full Story

AN ELDERLY woman was kept waiting for a sight-saving operation in a hospital waiting room for four hours – then sent home because her medical files had gone missing.

Seventy-four-year-old Ivy Long was due to have cataracts removed from both eyes on Thursday, but must now spend another two weeks with blurred vision.

Ivy, of Queensway, Winsford, had had nothing but a glass of water from 7am when she arrived at Leighton Hospital at 11.45am. Her husband, Jim, had an angina attack at the hospital due to the stress the mix-up caused.

‘In today’s age of computers you would think they’d be a bit more organised,’ said Jim. ‘It’s not good enough.

Trust Reviews

You can get the full review for all the hospitals on the above link overall Leighton Hospital comes out as week

Healthcare organisation Quality of services Use of resources Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust
     Leighton Hospital *
     Leighton Hospital *  Weak  Weak

Some of the questions and the answers from the Health Commission Survey of patients. To get a full picture you must read all the surveys at the link above. We have picked on these answers as they show that by the HCC survey that a lot of people are not giving informed consent to treatment and the answers for side effects is very low all round. If informed consent isn't given then consent is invalid.

Question Leighton Best NHS
Did staff explain why any tests were needed? 79 89
Did staff tell you how you would find out the results of tests? 75 89
Did staff explain the results of tests? 68 82
Did staff explain what would happen before any treatment? 88 95
Did staff explain the risks/benefits before any treatment? 82 91
Did staff tell you about medication side effects? 53 75

This site is run to fight for justice and freedom and protect the weak.  The information on this site is collected from a variety of sources Government Depts , Press, Newsgroups, BBC, Medical forums  and anonymous  members of the public. The site is hosted outside of the UK in various locations across the world. As such its contents can’t be affected by any UK court or court order and any attempt to have the site removed by UK courts will fail. The owners of the site will not reveal any of the contributor’s names to any UK court and indeed may not even know them anyway see our main page.

The only way to shut this site down is for Leighton Hospital to stop making mistakes that ruin people’s lives. Once this has been achieved the site will no longer be needed.  It provides a voice for these people so that they can be heard without threats of legal action from the hospital.

We have been under attack by lawyers working for Leighton Hospital who have attempted to take this site and other sites down this has been done by issuing threats contacting ISPs and threatening victims whose stories are mentioned on these sites. Their attempts have failed and if the site should be ever shut down then 50 new ones will appear all over the world within hours and I have told them this. If Leighton Hospital spent more money on patients and less on fancy lawyers this site wouldn't be needed.

We find it frightening that Leighton hospital should go to such lengths to hide the truth it makes us believe that there is more going on than was first thought and that they are trying to cover some great mistake. Due to this attack we have stepped up our efforts to discover what they are hiding. We are seeking information and if you have any knowledge of the following please get in touch.

The death of an old lady in November 11th 2005 in ward 11

The hospital giving out medical records without the patients consent and these records being sent abroad without consent.

Anyone who has been give a suppository or had underwear removed without consent.




Webmasters Notes This case has shaken the Hospital to the extent that they have employed high power lawyers to harass the patient and family who are witness in a GMC case and they have attempted to have my sites removed by threats to ISP's all of which have failed and resulted in me putting more sites up all over the world.

Leighton Hospital have in this case totally failed in there duty of care in this case.

The failed to obtain informed consent as the GMC have identified that the doctor taking the consent couldn't give enough information for informed consent so technically the whole operation was assault.

The failed to assess her anaesthetic needs which resulted in her nearly dyeing and being in extreme pain.

The gave 10 mg of Midazolam in one dose as shown on her records which is potentially fatal.

They gave 900mg of local instead of 400mg and didn't give adrenaline which was nearly fatal.

She was sexually abused by having her knickers removed when she had expressly forbidden it.

She was sexually abused by them giving a suppository when she had said no.

They failed to take care of her pain relief.

What is worse when they complained they failed to find anything wrong and cover up what had happened. After the GMC HCC and Ombudsman have found all the problems its hard to see why Leighton Hospital didn't find anything wrong but put further patients at risk from the surgeon another potental Barbara Salisbury. They are refusing to name the nurses who sexually assaulted this patient Witness are helping to fight this case and the people who did this will be brought to justice.

One down 2 to go.

The GMC have issued details of the the charges against the surgeon and the hearing is on 14th Jan  Once his case has been heard its hoped the nurses will face similar hearings for sexual assault on the patient.

General Medical Council Press Office

Mr Arjuna Panchkori Ram ALUWIHARE

From : 14 January 2008 To : 18 January 2008

Category : Fitness to Practise Hearings

Info :

Fitness to Practise Panel
Planned dates: 14 – 18 January 2008
St James’s Building, 79 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FQ

The Fitness to Practise Panel will meet at St James’s Building, 79 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FQ to consider a new case of impairment by reason of misconduct.

Name: Mr Arjuna Panchkori Ram Aluwihare
GMC Reference Number: 1208603

Area of practice: Leighton

The Panel will inquire into the allegation that Mr Aluwihare, a General Surgeon, did not consult with a Consultant Anaesthetist as to the appropriate method of anaesthesia which should be given to Patient A, during a hernia operation. It is further alleged that he allowed a Pre-Registration House Office, under his instruction, to administer sedation and analgesia intravenously when there was no anaesthetist or person present who was experienced in administering sedatives. It is alleged that his actions or omissions were inappropriate, inadequate, not in the best interests of Patient A and below the standards which could reasonably be expected of a competent general surgeon.

In accordance with Rule 41(2) of the General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004, the Panel may decide to exclude the public from the proceedings or any part of the proceedings, where they consider that the circumstances of the case outweigh the public interest in holding the hearing in public.

My partner went into Leighton Hospital Crewe for a very simple hernia operation to be done under local anaesthetic and sedation she was supposed to go in at 12 and be home for 2 oclock the operation was supposed to last 30mins.

She gave consent for sedation and local anaesthetic but this was not INFORMED consent as at no time did they tell her she would be in terrible pain or may die from the sedation, or that no anaesthetist would be present. The GMC in there investigation found that the young doctor who took the consent didn’t have the knowledge to answer any question or give enough information for the consent to be valid the hospital in one of their reply state She was given insufficient information about the operation Therefore the whole operation was done without consent which makes all those who took part guilty of Assault and battery

The operation was carried out on November 11th 2005 at approximately 3pm.We arrived early as requested at 11:30 and went to the new medical centre at which point I was told that the patient must go in alone as partners weren’t allowed. She sat there alone terrified from 11:30 until 3 oclock and during this time a nurse asked her how she would pay for her pain relief. She was shocked as she was told not to bring valuables into the hospital. The nurse said if she wanted pain relief after the operation she would have to pay for them.

Before the operation when they were preparing her she told the sister she didn’t want her knickers removing and the sister agreed she could keep them on as they were not in the way she also told the Doctor she didn’t want a suppository for pain relief after the operation.

She was taken in for the operation and according to her medical records given 10 mg of Midazolam in one go which is a potentially fatal dose. The hospital now deny their own records and say it was given over a long period of time but the evidence shows they couldn’t have done as the correct dose is 1 mg over 2 mins and then wait 2 mins before giving anymore total time 40 mins she was in theatre 10 mins after the anaesthetist came and they state the surgeon gave the sedation so unless he operated with one hand he gave all 10 mg in one go. Why the anaesthetist didn’t give the sedation while she was there is a mystery. The operation chart clearly show that she was given 10 mg of Midazolam in one go. Midazolam is an interesting drug as its main use is to make you forget what has happened to you and is often used to take out teeth and other short term pain full minor operations. Its not pain relief but can be used to make you forget what happened so you don’t remember the pain and this is often the case as its used as a cover up. If this operation had only lasted 30 mins as it should we would have never known what happened.

There is a lot of complaints about the use of this drug as you forget what has happened but your subconscious mind can still react to what happened see http://ideas.4brad.com/archives/000100.html. It is also used as a date rape drug and this means you cant remember being raped but your mind will react to what has happened. This makes things worse as you don’t know why you are having strange feelings.

Its often used as a Date Rape drug and a male nurse got 7 years for using it

Midazolam can lead to the patient experiencing daydreams with a sexual content.
For more info see

http://versedbusters.blogspot.com/2005/12/introduction.html or

Recovery chart showing the massive over dose
Click on  the chart for a full screen note it confirms she was given 10 mg in one go and note how they suddenly fail to fill in the details when things go wrong and how the chart has been altered

Leighton hospitals own chart show she was given 10 mg midazolam in one go but they now deny this. But look at the states for 15:08 its shows her O/2 level was down to 38% but someone has changed it to read 100%. At no other time during the operation was her O/2 ever 100% we believe this is a deliberate forgery to hide what has happened. Note also how they take the states every 15 mins but suddenly after her heart drops they don’t take it again for over and hour other information which they collected up to that point suddenly isn’t recorded either. The surgeon Professor Aluwihare now claims he didn’t give the sedation but left it to a very junior doctor who was incapable of giving the drug properly but we have a letter from Leighton Hospital solicitor stating that he did administer the drug.

She was given local aesthetic for which according the Health Care Commission (they investigate complaints about hospital) the MAXIMUIM dose for her is 400mg which must be mixed with adrenaline so the heart doesn’t stop they gave her 900mg and no adrenaline. We believe this was negligence on their part which could have killed her.

As soon as she was asleep they removed her knickers in the most vile and perverted way without her consent even though she had forbidden them to do so we believe this assault and battery. This was done at the beginning of the operation but the surgeon claims it was at the end so they could give the suppository which the patient was awake and positive they had already been removed so why do they lie? The nurse said they were removed for none medical reasons ie to stop them being stained with iodine.

She was asleep for the start of the operation but later when she woke up during the operation and screamed with pain which was 10 times worse than having a baby this is everyone’s worse nightmare. She describes seeing all her stomach covered with blood and her insides on her stomach. They then suddenly realized she was awake and put a board up so she couldn’t see. The surgeon claims he didn’t hear her scream but was aware of her pain and her crying. The surgeon called for an anaesthetist but there wasn’t any so he carried on with her in pain he made no attempt to stop or see the patient was all right. On 3 separate occasion she was screaming the place down in pain and trying to get the mask off as she shouted stop.

After 50 mins her heart rate dropped over 10 mins from over 80 bpm to 30 bpm at which point she passed out and believed she died. She remembers the doctors panicking at this point. She tried to tell them she couldn’t breath but she was fighting for her life and unable to speak or get her breath. It took them the ten full mins before they gave her a drug to bring her heart back up. The chart shows what happened. Click on the chart to see it full screen

An overdose of local or sedation can cause the heart to stop and we believe this is what happened due to their negligence this experience is life changing.

The operation finished after 2 hours and they then gave her the suppository without her consent they simply lifted her legs and said you have got to have this no explanation or request she was still groggy from the sedation but knows her knickers weren’t removed at this point as the surgeon suggested. A similar case http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/310/6971/43 an anaesthetist was struck off for the same thing.

She was kept in Leighton hospital for 2 days without any explanation as to why and wasn’t told what had gone wrong or why the 30 min operation took over 2 hours. They kept saying she couldn’t go home until a doctor had seen her but none came we had to effectively force the issue by saying she was going home now. While she was in Ward 11 she was terrified as it was full of dieing people and in a statement to the GMC's solicitors she describes how an old women was dieing and kept asking for the nurses to call her family she was told to shut up and go back to sleep and received no medical treatment this went on all night. In the morning she had died

We complained to the hospital the same day and made a formal complaint within days of the operation and also the GMC and the Health Commission who have taken a year to investigate.

Extract from the GMC Report

Professor Aluwihare the surgeon responsable

The surgeon  Professor Aluwihare  if you have any complaints about this man let us know as the GMC would like to know

The GMC have filed a series of charges against the surgeon Professor Aluwihare who did a runner abroad as soon as they investigated.

The Case Examiners have noted the conclusions of the HCC report into this matter. It is obvious that the HCC expert interpreted many of the facts of the case in a way different to that of the experts commissioned by the GMC. However, this may be explained by the remit of the HCC being different from that of the GMC.

Both experts are united in the conclusion that Professor Aluwihare should have seen the patient himself earlier, and should have postponed the surgery if no anaesthetist was available.

Professor Aluwihare either did not discuss the procedure with the patient when he met her, or if he did, failed to record what was discussed. Neither scenario is good medical practice. Professor Aluwihare says he had a detailed discussion but that he omitted to make a record. He had delegated consent taking to Dr Ahmed, but did not ensure that the patient was fully advised of possible risks and complications. The expert's view is that a junior doctor would be unlikely to be able to give detailed advice about what an experienced surgeon would deem to be a difficult operation.

Professor Aluwihare admits that the sedation and supplemental pain killer was given under his guidance by the House Officer. He disputes how much was given, believing that the midazolam was not given as a 10 mg bolus, but in increments, as recommended. The case notes would suggest this is not the case as it is clearly recorded that 10 mg midazolam was given at 15:26. It is in dispute whether 10 mg bolus was an incorrect choice in the case of a patient as large as the patent. However, as Dr Ahmed was acting under direct instruction from Professor Aluwihare, it would appear that the Professor had delegated the performance of the sedation to someone who did not have the appropriate competence and experience. Professor Aluwihare maintains that midazolam was given incrementally. The midazolam, therefore, was either given as a 10mg bolus, (which Professor Aluwihare accepts would have been inappropriate), or he failed to ensure that an accurate record was kept to show that the drug was given in increments.

The expert opinions both believe that express consent is required for the use of suppositories, and that Professor Aluwihare did not obtain this.

The case is now referred to a Fitness to practice panel

Leighton  hospitals replied to our complaints

Main points from the hospitals replies

Dr R Okell, Clinical Director Anaesthesia has answered these questions
Had the patient been given a general anaesthetic, she would have certainly experienced less pain but as I advised you in my previous letter, this carried a greater risk to the patient because of her weight. Professor Aluwihare did ask for an anaesthetist during the procedure but none was available although one was present at the beginning of the procedure and helped to get the line in. If one had been available, they may have been able to increase the efficiency of the sedation, which would have reduced the likelihood of the vasovagal episode and the fluctuation in pulse and BP might have been less.

Dr Okell tells me that he does not know how surgeons acquire training in the use of Midazolam ( I find this reply very frightening shouldn’t they know if people are qualified)

The patient says during the operation she was in so much pain she was screaming the place down and crying. You ask if we can confirm that she was screaming and for how long.

Professor Aluwihare tells me that he cannot remember The patient screaming at all. She had discomfort from time to time and articulated this quietly or briefly cried very quietly. He tells me he could see The patient face and was very aware of the need to control her pain.

Main points from the Health Commission reply

The independent clinical adviser comments that it was predictable that this would probably be a difficult and long operation. A general anaesthetic was not contraindicated due to the high BMI of 54, but would present significant risks. However, the technique using local anaesthetic reduced the risks of general anaesthetic, but carried risks associated with local anaesthesia. The independent clinical adviser clarified that the clinical records showed the amount of local anaesthetic used was lidocaine (2%) 400mg, marcain (0.5%) 100mg and lidocain (0.5%) 400mg.

In the clinical adviser’s opinion the maximum amount of plain local anaesthetic would have been in the order of 3 x 138 (weight of patient) = 414mg. He states that it is surprising that so much local anaesthetic was used and that adrenaline was not added.

The patient was therefore possibly at risk from the dose of local anaesthetic. However, having an anaesthetist present would have reduced the risks as the anaesthetist would have been able to monitor, administer appropriate drugs, and resuscitate in the event of vomiting and aspiration which was essential in such a patient (with a BMI of 54 and weight 138kg).

The clinical adviser recommends that the trust formulate a policy concerning the presence of an anaesthetist, especially when a patient receives large doses of local anaesthetic, for abdominal procedures and patients with a BMI of 54.

My expectation is that Mid Cheshire hospitals NHS Trust will contact you in writing within the next 25 working days in order to set out the steps that it will be taking in response to the recommendations for further action that I have made. I would also expect you to be informed in due course of the outcome of that action, and I will be asking the trust to copy the Healthcare Commission in on the relevant correspondence. The letter was sent on 21 December but the hospital has not complied with the above order in the time stipulated.

The Ombudsman's report

The Ombudsman has completed their investigation and found the HCC failed to identify that the removal of a women's knickers after she had said they couldn't be removed and giving a suppository without consent must be reinvestigated as soon as possible.  We believe that this will reveal that the patient suffered assault and battery which is a criminal offence.

Battery is defined

A battery is the wilful or intentional touching of a person against that person’s will by another person, or by an object or substance put in motion by that other person. Please note that an offensive touching can constitute a battery even if it does not cause injury, and could not reasonably be expected to cause injury. A defendant who emphatically pokes the plaintiff in the chest with his index finger to emphasize a point may be culpable for battery (although the damages award that results may well be nominal). A defendant who spits on a plaintiff, even though there is little chance that the spitting will cause any injury other than to the plaintiff's dignity, has committed a battery.

Assault and battery has a 6 month custodial sentence and a £5000 fine at Magistrates Court. 

We hope that Leighton Hospital will now reveal the names of the people who committed these crimes as up to now they have been protecting these criminals by failing to supply their names. The ruling is significant as Leighton Hospital give suppositories  all the time without consent so now people can sue them for this and the doctors can be struck off. Many patients have complained to us that they had there underwear removed while they were sedated totally without their consent. The hospital just don't understand the effects this has on people and they are committing criminal acts by doing it

Experts Opinion

1. We sent Steve Bolsin BSc, MB BS, FRCA, FANZCA, MRACMA, MHSM, DLitt (Hon)
Director of Perioperative Medicine, Anaesthesia & Pain Management
The Geelong Hospital Geelong Victoria 3220 the notes and asked for his comments which are

I have reviewed the notes that you have sent and certainly there is evidence of a large overdose of lignocaine and an inappropriately high dose of midazolam in the first instance. However there are other more systemic issues relating to the planning and anaesthesia for such an operation. For example it might have been safer to undertake the procedure on a patient weighting 135 Kg under general anaesthesia to anticipate and prevent some of the potential problems that arose during the procedure. Who undertook the anaesthetic assessment for the patient? What type of block was used for the surgery? What factors led to the operation taking 2 hours? Why was the atropine given? (Presumably for bradycardia). What was the cause of the bradycardia? Why did the surgeon proceed with any operating while the patient was in pain? This would imply withdrawal of consent for the operation at that time and under those circumstances and may be an assault.
The specific answers to your questions are:
Yes it is far too much midazolam in one dose and is evidence of lack of experience with the drug and the technique of sedation.
The local could drop the heart rate but if the patient could not breath then there may be more significant reasons such as hypoxia followed by bradycardia.
The local dosage is a large overdose and inappropriate in the circumstances.
I can not see the correction in my copy but if there has been an alteration this is a very significant piece of information in itself. You need to find out who altered the chart and for what reason? If the bradycardia was due to hypoxia the saturations must have fallen. If there was no fall in saturations then the bradycardia was due to the local anaesthetic overdose and is still very significant.
Yes the operation should be pain free.
Hyperthermia for long operations can be easily prevented by warming blankets. these usually blow hot air over the patient and should have been used for any operation taking more than 20-30 mins.
I hope this brief assessment helps you.

Effects of the operation

An open letter to nurses and doctors

Special note here the patient express her personnel feeling of what happened during an operation she was sedated for some of the experience with a drug known to give sexual daydreams.

I went into Leighton hospital for a simple hernia operation as a day case and before the operation I told the nurse I didn’t want my knickers removed. She said as I was 21st they were not in the way and that was fine I also told her I didn’t want a suppository. I was taken into the anaesthetic room and given a massive dose of Midazolam 10mg all in one go according to my medical records.
I then started having a terrifying dream of being gang raped I was in a room full of people and they were removing my knickers in the most dirty, vile filthy and perverted way I feared for my life. I was unable to stop them doing these vile things to me and I was totally humiliated being stripped in public in this way it was the most terrifying experience of my life.

 Midazolam is know to enhance sexual feeling and  lots of cases of people having these feeling that's why it popular as a date rape drug. My knickers were removed for none medical reasons they claim so they wouldn’t get stained. Any women would prefer to loose a 50p pair of knickers instead of being forcible striped by complete strangers. I don’t know if it was done so people could look at my private parts in order to get sexual pleasure or what. As it’s a criminal offence of Assault and Battery which can have a 6 months custodial sentence I wouldn’t think anyone would do it without they got pleasure out of it. To ask a women while awake to remove her own knickers is one thing but to forcibly strip someone is a totally different thing As I was coming around from the operation I was awake when a nurse lifted my legs and buggered me.

Both the things were done totally without my consent and expressly against my wishes I don’t care how good a reason you had you did it totally without consent and for that reason its sexual assault.

It has now been nearly 2 years since this happened and I still wake in the night from horrendous nightmares screaming and trying to cover my self from the sexual assault my heart rate goes through the roof and I cant breath. My life has changed I am dirty and can never be clean again I have been sexually abused just the same as if I had been raped but its worse than that as I was helpless and had no way of stopping the attack, I couldn’t even fight back. I cant have any sort of sexual relations as I am unclean and cant stand the thought of anyone touching me. I have been buggered and deeply humiliated  without my consent has taken place and once again I was unable to stop this happening to me.

What makes this worse is the hospital refuse to sack this woman or name her so she can be brought to justice. She has no excuse for what she did its her job to ensure she obtains consent before she touches anyone and simply asking if its ok and explaining what she wanted to do is all it took but she didn’t do any of these things just simply buggered me. No decant caring nurse would do this terrible thing without first obtaining consent.

In the last 2 years I have lost over 11st in weight due to this incident. If I go out and see a group of people it can bring on panic attacks were I think they are going to strip me again my heart races and I cant get my breath. The attacks can happen watching television if there is anything similar to what happened to me. My life is a total mess I am depressed and often go into a world of my own for a week at a time. I cant talk about what happened without getting flash backs.

The hospitals attitude is once you give consent to an operation they can do what the fucking hell they like to you. For senior management to refuse to give the names of the perverts that did this is unbelievable. The senior management at the hospital refuse to answer any emails and have not bother to even apologise for the sexual assault they claim it was all done above board but if you bugger someone and remove their underwear without consent there is no grey area its assault. The GMC have ruled that these things were done without consent so there is no doubt that in the eyes of the law a crime has been committed but still the hospital refuse to name or discipline the nurses who have done this to me.

I want all doctors and nurse to read this and I hope they will then think before they do anything to a patient without first obtaining consent they must remember that people are not just pieces of meat but have feelings and fears and are very vulnerable. Maybe reading this they will understand what effect their actions can have on someone. To them removing underwear is nothing but to many this has the effects that I have described. Many modern women might not mind but there are thousands who feel like I do.

I noticed my time in hospital that most don’t ask consent or explain what they intend to do they think they are gods better than the rest of us and can abuse patients and get away with it. I believe that most of the violent attacks on staff are because they don’t explain what they are doing and don’t seek consent. It take a second to say I want to take some blood is that ok.

I do accept that the whole incident was done for all the right reasons and nothing untoward happened but this doesn't make any difference to what I felt and what I still feel a lot of the feeling I believe are enhanced by the drug Midazolam that they used and it show they have considered the side effects of this drug. Midazolam can lead to the patient experiencing daydreams with a sexual content.


The Ombudsman found the hospital guilty of removing the patients knickers but the hospital refused to take any action against the nurses involved. Instead they got the nurse to complain to the Police that she was being harassed and they arrested the patient partner and subjected the patient to humiliation as they searched her house and examined her knicker draw. The partner was never charged  as he was merely reporting the fact and as the Ombudsman had found them guilty it was the nurse that should be in prison. The patient is now only 9st and terrified to eat in case see has to go back into hospital.

The surgeon has requested we put the following information from the fitness to practice panel which in the interest of fairness we publish. However he has not expressed any remorse or said he is sorry for ruining live his only concern is his reputation. We should also point out that the patient was unable to attend the panel as death threats had been issued if the patient had attended there would have been  a lot more charges and maybe a different  outcome. Also a few weeks after he operated on this patient he performed a hernia operation on an elderly patient  and shortly after the patient collapsed and according to the doctor would have been dead in 5 mins had the doctor not got to him

The Panel considers that your failure to record your discussion with Patient A did not meet the principles and standards, which are to be expected of all registered medical practitioners, as set out in Good Medical Practice.  It has also previously determined that this omission was inappropriate, inadequate and below the standards which could reasonably be expected of a competent general surgeon. 

The Panel has considered your omission in the wider context of this clinically difficult case.  The Panel has also noted that your conduct did not harm Patient A, nor does it consider that you put her at risk of harm.  It is of the opinion that your treatment and care of Patient A was always in the best interests of the patient and resulted in a good surgical outcome. 

As far as the Panel is aware this is a one off incident. 

For these reasons the Panel considers that this failing does not amount to misconduct.

The Panel has in any event considered whether your fitness to practise is impaired.

The Panel has noted that this case relates to a single incident involving one patient and no concerns regarding other patients have been brought before the Panel.  There is no evidence of persistent failings or repeated departure from good medical practice.  Nor is there evidence that you have shown a deliberate or reckless disregard of clinical responsibilities towards this or any other patient.


The Panel considers it relevant that you agreed to undertake the operation at short notice; that you discussed the potential risks of the procedure with Patient A; that there was a good surgical outcome; and that if you had not proceeded with the operation the patient may have had to be treated as an emergency.

The Panel has concluded that the findings against you are not fundamentally incompatible with your continuing to be a registered doctor.  It has found that you have shown insight into the matters that have led to the hearing, in particular, your recognition that your clinical record keeping had fallen below your own personal standards.  Given this the Panel is confident that the chance of this failure being repeated in the future is remote.

Therefore, although your failure in relation to your record keeping on this occasion has been found to be inappropriate, inadequate and below the standards which could be expected of a reasonably competent general surgeon, the Panel considers that your omission was not so serious as to amount to impairment by reason of misconduct, pursuant to Section 35C(2)(a) of The Medical Act 1983 (as amended).

Having determined that your fitness to practise is not impaired the Panel has considered whether it might issue a warning in this case.  In all the circumstances, the Panel is not minded to consider issuing a warning.  Unless either party wishes to make submissions on this issue that concludes this case.







These are the GMC Rules for good medical practices for surgeons and every hospital should use these as their standards. If they don't you can complain to the GMC  Here These rules apply to minor operation done on a day patient as well.


Intimate Examinations

December 2001

The GMC regularly receives complaints from patients who feel that doctors have behaved inappropriately during an intimate examination. Intimate examinations, that is examinations of the breasts, genitalia or rectum, can be stressful and embarrassing for patients. When conducting intimate examinations you should:

  • Explain to the patient why an examination is necessary and give the patient an opportunity to ask questions.
  • Explain what the examination will involve, in a way the patient can understand, so that the patient has a clear idea of what to expect, including any potential pain or discomfort (paragraph 13 of our booklet Seeking patients’ consent gives further guidance on presenting information to patients).
  • Obtain the patient’s permission before the examination and be prepared to discontinue the examination if the patient asks you to. You should record that permission has been obtained.
  • Keep discussion relevant and avoid unnecessary personal comments.
  • Offer a chaperon or invite the patient (in advance if possible) to have a relative or friend present. If the patient does not want a chaperon, you should record that the offer was made and declined. If a chaperon is present, you should record that fact and make a note of the chaperon’s identity. If for justifiable practical reasons you cannot offer a chaperon, you should explain that to the patient and, if possible, offer to delay the examination to a later date. You should record the discussion and its outcome.
  • Give the patient privacy to undress and dress and use drapes to maintain the patient’s dignity. Do not assist the patient in removing clothing unless you have clarified with them that your assistance is required.

Anaesthetised patients

You must obtain consent prior to anaesthetisation, usually in writing, for the intimate examination of anaesthetised patients. If you are supervising students you should ensure that valid consent has been obtained before they carry out any intimate examination under anaesthesia.

You may find some hospitals don't get the proper consent and if for instance they were to give you pain relief by way of a suppository while you are under sedation if they do they must get your permission in writing before you are sedated or the doctor may be struck off for assault.  A lot of Hospitals use Midazolam (versed)  for sedation during minor operation like a hernia and by the rules they must tell you the risks.

One of the risks is it can make you forget which you may think is a good thing but some people don't want to forget. You may be given a pain relief Voltkol which is given as a suppository if they haven't told you about this and obtained your permission in writing as per the above GMC rules then you can complain to the GMC or look for compensation for sexual assault. The problem is because of the Midazolam you may not know they did this you would have to apply for your medical records to see. You don't need this pain relief you can have tablets and according to the rules they must explain this to you and give you the chance to opt out.





The hospital was condemned  by the Health Care Commission in January 2006 See the full report here

Health watchdog finds that failings at the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust led to unacceptable levels of care for older patients Published: January 24th 2006 Serious lapses in the care of older people at Leighton Hospital have been identified in an investigation report published today (Tuesday) by the independent healthcare regulator the Healthcare Commission. The investigation followed the conviction in 2004 of Ward Sister Barbara Salisbury on two counts of attempted murder.

The conviction related to incidents that occurred at Leighton Hospital in 2002 and involved the inappropriate administration of diamorphine, a powerful opiate analgesic, to patients. The aim of the investigation was to look at whether there were failings in systems to protect patients in the trust in 2002, and to assess whether these failings were still a problem. The investigation found that the trust failed to meet adequate standards of care.

This, together with poor leadership and management, staff shortages and a lack of learning from complaints, resulted in the safety of patients being compromised. Patients were often not assisted to take their medication or helped with eating and drinking. The Commission found that the general lack of attention by staff sometimes prevented patients from getting to the bathroom or using the bedpan in time, adversely affecting their dignity, morale and health.

Healthcare assistants reported having no time to shave patients or answer buzzers, and there were numerous examples of drug rounds being late and tablets being left on tables out of reach of patients. Following the conviction of Barbara Salisbury, many nurses and some families reported serious misgivings that patients were not receiving adequate pain relief. Marcia Fry, Head of Operational Development at the Healthcare Commission, said: “There is no excuse that allows for the care and dignity of patients to be compromised in this way. “This report has highlighted serious problems, some of which go right up to the most senior level at the trust.

We are pleased that the trust has already taken some urgent action to improve the service for patients. It must continue on this path and make every effort to implement all of the recommendations in this report. It must do everything in its power to build a service that staff, patients and their families can rely upon. “As performance manager and commissioner of services of the trust, the local strategic health authority and primary care trust must share responsibility and work with the trust to improve the situation. “The Healthcare Commission will keep a close watch on the trust over the coming months to make sure that the necessary improvements are made.” In order to address the concerns identified in the investigation the Healthcare Commission has made the following urgent recommendations:

* Recruit additional frontline nursing staff to provide an acceptable and safe standard of care

* Improve governance and management of the medical directorate

* Investigate and address the cause of poor clinical outcomes in the medical directorate, including apparently higher than average mortality rates in recent years

* Review management and accountability arrangements in the trust In addition, the trust must also:

 * give greater priority to the care of older patients in line with the national service framework for older people

* provide care that puts the needs of patients first and treats them with dignity and respect

 * review its arrangement for providing patients with appropriate pain relief

 * take action to address poor care when it is identified through complaints and/or reporting

* develop action plans in response to serious complaints and ensure that they are implemented and monitored Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust have developed a detailed action plan to address the recommendations in the report.

A number of these actions have already been put in place including a high level review of the trust’s management arrangements. The trust is reviewing its risk assurance framework; they are also reviewing arrangements for governance and management particularly in the medical directorate. In addition to this, the trust, which is under the leadership of a new acting chief executive, has recruited 44 new nursing staff, and introduced a new approach to handling and learning from complaints. An audit of the care of older people has been launched. Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority and the Healthcare Commission regional team will closely monitor progress made against the action plan.

Full report of the investigation and how it was conducted





























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 Nurse gets five years for seeking to kill two patients but was she innocent?

 Nurse gets five years for seeking to kill two patients

Ward sister weeps at verdicts after trial that heard of her ruthless desire to free beds by causing elderly to die

Helen Carter
Saturday June 19, 2004
The Guardian

A senior ward sister was convicted yesterday of attempting to murder two elderly patients under her care because she was motivated by a ruthless desire to free up beds at a hospital which was in the throes of a bedblocking crisis.

Barbara Salisbury crossed the line between humane nursing and callous dispatch of patients at Leighton hospital in Crewe by administering diamorphine or lying them on their back so they would drown in their own secretions. She was jailed for five years after being found guilty at Chester crown court of the attempted murders of May Taylor, 88, and Frank Owen, 92, in March 2002.

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Salisbury, 47, from Pontybodkin, north Wales, wept as the guilty verdicts were read out. Sentencing her, Mr Justice Pitchford said: "Your duty and your trust was one of care towards your patients, and under the direction of the doctors, the respect for and preservation of human life. The jury has found that in the case of two elderly patients who were nearing their end, you broke that duty and abused your trust by attempting to hasten death."

He added: "It is impossible for me to fathom what it was to cause you to act as you did. You chose to exercise control over life and death of patients whose time had not quite come."

Salisbury had faced four attempted murder charges. But she was cleared of any unlawful involvement in the deaths of James Byrne, 76, and Reuben Thompson, 81.

Two years ago, the Cheshire hospital which serves a community with a large number of elderly people, was in the middle of a bedblocking crisis, which has since eased. The court heard that when she arrived back on the ward after six days off sick, she saw Mr Owen, who had been a patient for three months, and asked: "What's he still doing here?"

The prosecution said she had been constantly pressing for him to be discharged to a nursing home, despite Mr Owen needing a drip. She told her colleagues to lie him on his back "so his lungs will fill with fluid and he will die".

Despite colleagues telling her that Mr Owen was not in pain, she gave him two injections of diamorphine. The former mechanic died five minutes after she finished her shift. One witness described her actions as "callous and unprofessional". Later, she was asked if his death was peaceful. She replied: "Yes, thanks to me."

Salisbury had lied to doctors to ensure Mrs Taylor, a widow, was given excessive doses of diamorphine. When challenged, Salisbury had replied: "Why prolong the inevitable?"

She had been accused of telling James Byrne, who had suffered a minor stroke: "Give in, it's time to go," as she gave him diamorphine.

When she appeared in the witness box, Salisbury repeatedly denied hastening patients' deaths, but admitted using the phrase "It's OK to go now" to those close to death, in an effort to be soothing.

The prosecution claimed Salisbury had arrogated to herself the right to decide when patients should die and attempted by her actions to shorten what remained of their lives. But she said: "I have probably said, 'It's OK for you to go now.' It's a term I often used to use in intensive care, meaning it's OK, you can leave this life," she told the jury. "I said it in a gentle way to let them know there was somebody there." She could not remember any of the four patients.


Salisbury was said to have been unpopular among her colleagues on the ward because of her brusque manner. Many of the nurses were traumatised by what they witnessed, while others were bullied into obeying her orders. Following the death of Mrs Taylor, nurses Katherine Darby and Alexandra McNally were so appalled by her treatment at the hands of Salisbury that they complained to their managers.

There were other incidents involving elderly people. Nurse Annie Denson said that on Christmas Day 2001, Lila Hillyer, 86, was nearing death. She had left her on her side aided by an oxygen mask so she might survive until relatives could see her. Then Salisbury came into the side room and said: "Lose the oxygen and lie her flat." The nurse ignored the instruction and the patient survived two more days.

Salisbury's barrister, Peter Birkett, said in mitigation that she had no criminal record and suffered from depression, for which she was treated in hospital from August 2002 to July 2003.

Salisbury, a mother of two, had been a nurse for most of her working life. Born in Liverpool, she began training in 1975 while in the RAF. She went on to qualify as a state enrolled nurse and a registered general nurse and worked at hospitals in Peterborough and King's Lynn, principally in intensive care. In 1993, she moved to Leighton hospital. She had risen to the rank of Grade E staff nurse and three years later she was promoted to a Grade F ward sister.

She worked on Ward 5, a general medical ward with a number of geriatrics, until 2000, when she transferred to Ward 4. The following year, the trust's chief executive, Simon Yates, presented her with a Learning to Be a Leader award.

"She had a pretty good reputation with the management," said a source at the hospital. "They looked upon her as being efficient. But the people who worked with her had no time for her at all. They certainly didn't like her attitude and she upset and offended an awful lot of people."

For more than a year, a team of detectives from Cheshire police were based at the hospital as part of a lengthy investigation led by Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Wright. Salisbury was eventually charged with the attempted murders in June 2003. The inquiry team examined 20 deaths of elderly patients at the hospital over a five-year period. A hotline set up for concerned relatives received more than 100 calls in its first few weeks.

In a statement, the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority paid tribute to the whistleblowers. "We are grateful to the hospital staff who first raised their concerns with the trust for bringing the matter to the attention of the police," it said. "We have agreed with the trust that the SHA will commission an independent investigation to look into the issues surrounding this case."

A statement from Salisbury's husband Derek said: "My wife is a devoted nurse, who has dedicated herself to the care of the sick. Always she has put the interests of patients first. We do not accept this jury's verdict. We know her to be innocent of any crime. This is a tragic day for her, for us her family, and for the nursing profession."

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