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Chief Executive Karen James issues unequivocal ‘apology’ to husband forced to leave wife in A&E
Wednesday 5th October 2016 @ 12:38 by Nigel P.
Ashton Dukinfield News
Paul Broadhurst protesting outside the hospital grounds the morning following his exclusion from his wife's side in A&E

Paul Broadhurst protesting outside the hospital grounds the morning following his exclusion from his wife’s side in A&E

A husband accompanying his seriously ill wife was threatened with a non existent ASBO by hospital security staff to exclude him from the Accident and Emergency department of Tameside Hospital last night

Paul Broadhurst, from Dukinfied, a patient’s campaigner well known to the Hospital Trust, accompanied his wife to the A&E last night when she began complaining of severe abdominal pains.

Medical staff rushed Mr Broadhurst’s wife Mary in to the triage section immediately due to her obvious pain and distress.just after 7pm on Tuesday evening.

While in the cubicle she was given pain relief, had her blood taken and was given fluids with Paul at her side, but then while waiting for his wife to return from X-rays around three hours later, Mr Broadhurst was approached by security guards who allegedly said to him that ” We are going to have to ask you to leave the site as we have an ASBO against you; you are not permitted on site unless you are having emergency medical treatment”

The Tameside Reporter understands that no such ASBO against Mr Broadhurst exists.

Despite his pleas that he was accompanying his sick wife and waiting to speak to consultants about her condition, the security guards were adamant that he should leave.

They even stated that there was a photograph of him hanging in the security guard’s office reminding staff that he should not be allowed onto the premises.

This followed an earlier dispute between Mr Broadhurst and the Hospital Trust where the Trust have sought to exclude Mr Broadhurst due to his “inappropriate behaviour”

The Trust had been concerned that Mr Broadhurst was being unreasonable in his protests against the hospital’s standards and had excluded him from the hospital site except in the event of him being admitted for medical treatment.

This morning the hospital was quick to realise its mistake and blamed security for taking the order too literally.

Chief Executive Karen James even contacted Paul by phone to apologise in person and sent him an email expressing her “Sincere apologies”

She clarified the Hospital’s position saying: “As you were attending the hospital with your wife, who was seeking treatment throughout our A&E department, you should not have been asked to leave.

Please be assured that you are permitted to attend the site to visit your wife and the Security team have been made aware of this.”

A little time later the Trust issued a further statement saying:”We would like to express our sincere apologies to Mr Broadhurst regarding a misunderstanding which resulted in him being asked to leave the hospital site whilst accompanying his wife at the hospital’s A&E department.

“We would like to clarify that Mr Broadhurst is welcome to visit his wife whilst she in under the hospital’s care.

The Trust’s chief executive, Karen James, has spoken with Mr Broadhurst this morning to apologise and this has been followed up with a written emailed apology.”