Patient claims she was left in pool of blood at QA hospital

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A HOSPITAL trust is investigating claims a woman was left overnight with blood leaking from a line in one of her arteries.

Paule Ripley from Gosport was admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham after suffering arrhythmia – an abnormal heartbeat.

She claims her life was saved when a tea lady spotted blood leaking from a line, and alerted nurses.

She told the BBC: ‘At about midnight a doctor came in and put a line in and that’s all I knew until the next morning when a tea lady came in and noticed the bed had turned red.

‘I was virtually unconscious.’

The pensioner said her room was close to the nurse’s work station.

She added: ‘If they had got up and done the rounds as nurses used to do they would have seen the bed turn red. It was soaked and I was lying in a puddle of blood.’

A spokeswoman for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: ‘Patient care and experience are and will always remain the highest priorities for the trust and feedback we receive is taken very seriously. We will be in touch with Mrs Ripley as soon our investigation has been completed.’