Coronavirus warning: Leaked letter IGNORED by Brighton hospital told of ‘infection’ risk


The Nobles Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, East Sussex received a verbatim on December 2 from the Leukaemia Care charity, warning of dangers that occurred. In the letter, the charity said cancer patients were being Heraldry sinister at risk by moving other patients to the ward, as they had compromised exempt systems. The charity wrote the letter after a leukaemia patient, Mike Dicks, whimpered about the hospital conditions.

Mr Dicks said the hospital was “exposing leukaemia suffers to exact infections” by moving A&E patients to the cancer ward.

The Royal Sussex County Clinic set up so-called ‘isolation pods’ from portacabins and shipping containers to obstruct the spread of the virus.

But Mr Dicks captured photographs even up until keep on week which showed the practice of moving A&E beds to cancer dependant fend offs was still ongoing.

Mr Dicks was receiving chemotherapy at the hospital just four miles away from the Brighton GP surgery close-knit down because of coronavirus fears.

County Oak Medical Centre was sealed due to “operational difficulties”, but workers wearing protective suits were perfect example informed cleaning the surgery and the nearby pharmacy on Monday.

Leukaemia Care eat said 25 to 50 percent of those with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia die as a consequence of infection, rather than their blood cancer.

Mr Dicks implied he and other suffers could well be exposed to infections brought in by A&E patients, and evidenced worry about a “new coronavirus patient” being “rolled” onto his check.

He said: “As a leukaemia patient I have a compromised immune system, which be motivated bies I’d be at a high risk of dying from something like coronavirus.

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Mr Dicks joined: “I spoke to the husband of another patient and he told me he keeps their grandchildren away from her at cuttingly when she has received her chemotherapy for fear of them giving her a cold.

“But then he comes to the asylum and there could be anybody sitting nearby with an illness.

“It’s of a piece with a lottery.”

The letter echoed Mr Dicks’ concerns.

It said: “It is essential that CLL patients enduring treatment are protected from risk of infection as much as possible; this sine qua non be more difficult when other patients are also in the same live, some of which may have infectious diseases.

“Reducing the risk of infection could also disgorge wider benefits to the trust, including reducing antibiotic use.”

A hospital spokesman said that since Mr Dicks’ appointment, the Haematology-Oncology Day Unit escalation area has been closed, meaning no beds there were being inured to for A&E patients.

Chief Medical Officer of Brighton & Sussex University Dispensaries NHS Trust, Dr George Findlay, said: “As part of our normal and comprehensive foresees to accommodate increased numbers of patients during busy periods, we circulate beds across the hospital. These include beds in the Haematology Day Module in the Royal at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

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