Grandmother in plea to save the QE2

PUBLISHED: 11:50 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009

Dorothy Pearce with a picture of George

Dorothy Pearce with a picture of George

A GRANDMOTHER whose husband died at the Lister Hospital, claims the QE2 should not close. Dorothy Pearce s husband George was dying when his doctor sent him to the Stevenage hospital. Despite knowing he only had a short time to live, the Knebworth villa

A GRANDMOTHER whose husband died at the Lister Hospital, claims the QE2 should not close.

Dorothy Pearce's husband George was dying when his doctor sent him to the Stevenage hospital.

Despite knowing he only had a short time to live, the Knebworth villager was placed in an assessment unit.

Wife Dorothy, 79, claims this unit was understaffed and unnecessary.

She told the WHT George, 83, was in a bad way but was kept in the unit for three days, finally being moved to a ward where he died of organ failure the next morning.

Dorothy, of Hornbeam Spring, claims the unit was so understaffed faeces were left on the floor until she asked for them to be removed.

She said: "I don't think people with broken legs should be exposed to a man who's dying.

"The staff can't cope with the patients they have now, and to think they are going to close down the QE2."

Dorothy, has officially complained to the East and North Herts NHS Trust, which runs both hospitals and had written to Prime Minister Gordon Brown about many aspects of George's treatment.

A trust spokesman said: "As our senior doctors and nurses have been saying for some time now, our clinical staff are spread thinly across the Lister and QE2.

"This places great strain on them, especially at very busy times of the year like just before Christmas.

"By bringing acute hospital services together at the Lister, along with over £100m being invested into new buildings, facilities and equipment, we can make sure that our staff can concentrate on caring for patients in surroundings that are fit for purpose.

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