“Hospital probing claim”

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THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL (QEH) is looking into an upset mother’s claim over the treatment she received at the state-run facility after her daughter’s finger was partially severed.

Director of Medical Services Dr Anthony Harris made the announcement yesterday in response to intense social media interest in the matter.

“We are reaching out to the parent to get things clarified and also to investigate properly. But I don’t think we are in a position right now to give a full comment on that,” he said.

Last month British visitor Danielle Philpotts accused the hospital of being negligent. In a Facebook post, she said her five-year-old daughter Tia injured her pinky finger when it was slammed in a door.

Philpotts stated that she placed the severed fingertip in a cup of ice in the hope of preserving it.

However, she said the situation worsened when she reached the QEH and a worker in the Accident & Emergency Department threw away the cup. After retrieving it, she added, she was able to get her daughter registered and some medicine.

She added that it took an hour and a half to get an X-ray, and then another two hours for someone to “physically look” at the hand. (TG)