The medical tampon was left in the woman following the delivery of her baby and only removed two days later during a follow up appointment in maternity at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital.
A BBC Radio Wiltshire report claims this is the second time this year a swab has been left in a patient at the hospital. Now an investigation will take place into the incident, GWH’s Dr Helen Price tells the radio station.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that a medical swab had been left inside a maternity patient at the GWH-run Royal United Hospital in Bath, for 10 days. Both incidents are being treated as so-called “never events” — something the government says should never happen if patient safety rules are followed.
Dr Price points out that such events are “exceedingly rare” and reflect a “very, very small number of our total deliveries”, and adds: “We are sorry we’ve had these never events of tampons being left in place.”