Mother, 25, says she was ravaged with ‘bed bug or flea bites’ all over her body during a stay in HOSPITAL for a suspected blood clot
- Sophia Barber, 25, was admitted to Bradford Royal Infirmary, Yorkshire last week
- She claims she woke up in the early hours of the morning ‘covered in bug bites’
- Miss Barber has vowed to never return to the hospital after her ‘disgusting’ stay
Sophia Barber, 25, was admitted to the Bradford Royal Infirmary last week over fears she had a blood clot on her lung
A young mother claimed she woke up covered in bed bug or flea bites during a stay at hospital.
Sophia Barber, 25, was admitted to the Bradford Royal Infirmary last week over fears she had a blood clot on her lung.
She said she woke in the early hours of the morning ‘covered in bites’ which she believes were from fleas or bed bugs.
Miss Barber, from Wibsey in West Yorkshire, has now vowed to never go to the hospital again following her ‘disgusting’ experience on the ward.
She said: ‘My legs felt like they were going to blow up, they were seriously itchy.
‘They were from my waist down. I came in hospital to get better, not to get attacked by bed bugs.’
Miss Barber, who was later diagnosed with renal colic, said she was told by the woman next to her that she had spotted something on the bed.
Her bed was taken out of action after she raised the alarm, and was covered with a sign warning ‘condemned’ and ‘do not use.’
But while the bed was changed, Miss Barber said the room should have been fumigated.
She said she woke in the early hours of the morning ‘covered in bites’ (pictured) which she believes were from fleas or bed bugs
Her lower body and legs (pictured above) were reportedly covered with the small red bites
She said: ‘It’s disgusting. When you’re in hospital, trying to get better, you don’t expect it.
‘I won’t go to that hospital again.’
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The mother, who is now back home following her stay in hospital, shared photographs of a number of red raised lumps on her skin.
Bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices in and around beds. They crawl out at night and bite exposed skin to feed on blood.
Miss Barber has vowed to never go to the hospital again following her ‘disgusting’ experience on the ward
The insects aren’t dangerous and don’t spread any diseases, but some people experience a reaction to their bites.
Adult bedbugs are oval-shaped, flat and up to 5mm long – similar to an apple seed.
A Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said ‘We are working with Ms Barber to fully investigate her complaint.
‘Hygiene and cleanliness of our hospitals is of paramount importance and we have strict policies and procedures in place to ensure that these meet the highest possible standards.’
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