Patient placed in 'filthy' conference room at London, Ont., hospital to recover from infection
2020-01-11 from cbc.ca
A London, Ont., woman is speaking out after her daughter was placed in a "filthy" conference room at the city's University Hospital while recovering from an infection.
Kendal Winegarden, 28, has had four major surgeries in the last five years and has to be on antibiotics at all times because of chronic infections, her mother, Karen Creasor, told CBC News.
Her latest surgery was last week. Winegarden spent the weekend in a ward room with a patient who was aggressive and combative. She was eventually moved out of that room — and into a conference room.
"There's no call bell for the nurse, no working phone, nowhere to go to the washroom, no place to wash hands. The room was filthy," Creasor said.
"It was filled with dust, chairs, no windows, and they opened medical supplies that had been transferred to her room onto a towel on the table. Because of her issue with infection, that's a concern."
Creasor said the family was told Winegarden had to be moved into the conference room because she was "the least sick of the sick."
London Health Sciences Centre vice president Julie Trpkovski said sometimes patients need to be placed in "unconventional spaces" because the hospital is at 100 per cent occupancy.
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