Tests on toddler injured by dirty needle23rd September 2008
A two year old Staffordshire girl has undergone blood tests after pricking her finger with a dirty needle she found on a health centre floor, her parents said yesterday.
The girl's mother, Hollie Bromley, said that she felt sick to the stomach when Casey, the toddler, emerged from playing under a desk with her hand covered in blood and a needle sticking out of her finger.
Casey was taken to University Hospital of North Staffordshire for blood tests, but Doctors say that it is too early to know if she has contracted an illness. The blood tests will be analysed over the next three months to see if anything develops in the samples. The girl will also receive a course of hepatitis injections.
Mrs Bromley said staff at the Tunstall Health Clinic in Stoke-on-Trent apologised about the incident but added: "Saying sorry doesn't help us now does it? It should never have happened. I just hope this never happens again. A baby shouldn’t have to go through this and I hope no mother has to feel how I am feeling now.
A spokesman for Stoke-on-Trent Primary Care Trust said: "We are offering the family whatever support they need during what is understandably a worrying time for them".
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