Mum blasts care her tot received on hospital ward

Toni Johnson with daughter Ella-Jo, who was born weighing just 1lb, suffers from a chronic lung disease and nearly died this Christmas
Toni Johnson with daughter Ella-Jo, who was born weighing just 1lb, suffers from a chronic lung disease and nearly died this Christmas

A WIGAN mum has blasted medics who treated her severely ill one-year-old.

Toni Johnson of Orrell has made a formal complaint against Liverpool Alder Hey’s Winter Ward who cared for Ella-Jo.

The youngster suffers from chronic lung disease and was lucky to survive after contracting bronchitis over Christmas.

The 30-year-old said: “I was scared to leave Ella alone on the ward. She was moved there from intensive care in the middle of the night and nobody informed me, so I spent the next morning searching the whole hospital for her. When I finally found her all I could hear was her screaming. I saw the nurses just chatting in the corner and Ella was shaking and being sick. I could tell she was withdrawing as she had been on various amounts of medication.

“She was due her medication at 6am and when I got there at 9am she still hadn’t received it. Nurses said it was because she hadn’t had a name band on. But I don’t understand why they wouldn’t investigate which patient it was and what medication she needed. She suffered for three hours for no reason.”

Toni added: “Every day of the week she was on Winter Ward I was walking in to find Ella in her own sick and needing her nappy changed.

“After a couple of days I complained. I was beyond angry. I can’t fault the treatment she received in intensive care because it saved her life. It was exceptional.

“And I know the staff are so busy but I do think the babies should be looked after better on the wards. There were other children on the ward screaming and I felt awful because I couldn’t help them.”

Ella-Jo made headlines by being the first tot in 35 years to survive in Wigan Infirmary with a birth weight of only 1lb.

She was transferred back to Wigan Infirmary shortly after the complaint was made and Toni has nothing but praise for the local hospital.

An Alder Hey spokesman said: “We strive to maintain the highest standards of care across our hospital and we take concerns from parents and families extremely seriously.

“We encourage our parents to voice any concerns they have to our Complaints or Patients’ Advice and Liaison services and they are then investigated appropriately.

“We are unable to comment on individual cases and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment on this particular incident. We can confirm that any concerns raised by parents or families through our Patients’ Advice and Liaison services are looked into thoroughly.”

Toni is urging people to take part in a sponsored fancy dress walk from Southport to Wigan which she is arranging to raise money for MedEquip4kids. It takes place on Saturday June 28. For more details ring Toni on 07791 213171.