A MUM is demanding answers after her eight-month-old baby son was allowed to fall from a hospital bed.
Chantelle Ratcliffe claims an X-ray technician left her baby Thompson Stoner unattended during an appointment at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
Miss Ratcliffe says the tot rolled from the bed and fell to the floor, leaving him with bumps and bruises to his head and bottom.
Miss Ratcliffe, 26, of Lumley Avenue, Castleford, said she warned staff at the hospital, where Thompson was having an outpatient’s X-ray, that he was likely to roll as he was trying to crawl. She said: “One of the technicians was putting a lead apron on me so I could stay with him, the other was with Thompson. The next thing I heard a bang and he was on the floor, screaming.” Her partner, Steven Stoner, and their eight-year-old daughter Ebonie were also in the room when the incident happened.
Miss Ratcliffe added: “They were behind the X-ray screen and saw the whole thing. My partner said someone came in the room with a tray of tea and the technician left Thompson on the table so he could get the tea.”
She said a doctor was supposed to come and check Thompson over, but never arrived. Miss Ratcliffe said she had to take the baby to A&E herself. Thompson had been due to have the X-ray on his hips, as doctors were concerned he might have a problem with them when he was born. Miss Ratcliffe is lodging a formal complaint with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital.
Sally Napper, chief nurse at the trust, said: “We are now investigating the complaint and will be back in touch with the family in due course.”