Service at Murchison

2010-11-02 00:00

THE Nxumalo family from Mvutshini, near Margate, has complained about what they called a lack of service for patients at Murchison hospital.

The hospital has denied the claim.

The unhappy member of the family, Lucky Nxumalo, said that his brother, Scelo Nxumalo, was knocked down by a car and critically injured in Margate on the afternoon of October 17.

“I drove him to the Gamalakhe clinic. The clinic transferred him to Murchison hospital for further treatment and the ambulance was immediately dispatched from Murchison to fetch him from the clinic,” said Nxumalo.

“At 12.45 am the hospital called me to come and fetch him, but I could not do so until 6 am. When I got there in the morning I found him sleeping on a bench.”

Nxumalo added that the nurses had told him that due to there being no beds available, his brother had to sleep on a bench.

“I took him home but when we arrived he complained about a severe stomach ache. I then took him to Dr Gathiram in Margate who noted that Scelo had internal bleeding and referred him to Port Shepstone hospital where he was operated on in the stomach,” said Nxumalo.

“He was admitted for two weeks to recover. The hospital discharged him last week, but with support equipment still connected to his body.”

The events have left Nxumalo and the rest of the family bitterly unhappy about the way Scelo was treated at Murchison hospital.

The hospital’s public relations officer, Silindile Mabaso, confirmed the arrival of Scelo Nxumalo at the hospital, but denied that they did not care for him.

“Mr Nxumalo came to hospital at 11 pm. He was seen by a nurse at 11.50 pm. On arrival he was assessed and coded green which means that his condition was stable,” said Mabaso.

Mabaso added that Scelo was under the influence of alcohol when admitted to the hospital.

“He was highly intoxicated and it was difficult to get full co-operation and history from him. The patient was fully assessed by a doctor and he did not present any signs such as blurred vision, vomiting or nausea which can show that a person has internal bleeding.”

According to Mabaso, Scelo did not complain of any abdominal pain.

“After the examination the doctor found that he had superficial injuries and he was given antibiotics, Panado and an anti-tetanus toxoid,” he said.

“Clinical assistance given to Mr Nxumalo was complete, appropriate and timely.”

The Nxumalo family is considering taking legal action against the hospital.

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