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Child patients washed in hospital sick bowls

Published 20/02/2010

Parents have told how they washed their children in sick bowls after problems with a hospital's hot water supply.

Youngsters on three wards at King's College Hospital in London were left without water in January and February.

Yesterday parents said they had carried water to their children's bedsides in sick bowls and buckets.

Gemma Dadgostar, from Eastbourne, told how she washed her 18-month-old son Aiden, who has cystic fibrosis.

She said: “It's a farce. We had to carry water from the sluice room.

“When we washed Aiden in his room we had to carry the water in cardboard sick bowls.”

A statement from King's said: “The trust experienced intermittent problems with the hot water supply on three paediatric wards during January and February.

“The underlying problem was very difficult to trace, but it has now been identified and rectified.

“We would like to apologise to patients and their families who were affected by the problem, and can reassure people that strict infection control measures were maintained at all times.”

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