A 42-year old woman was horrified to find that doctors had left a glove inside her body after undergoing a hysterectomy operation.
Sharon Birks, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, underwent a hysterectomy operation at the Royal Derby Hospital and immediately started to feel unwell for three days after the surgery. She was given a bladder scan and had been prescribed antibiotics with the doctors thinking that she was suffering from an infection.
However when she went to the toilet, she pulled out a latex glove and immediately went to a nurse after which she was given a full internal examination.
The hospital has apologized for the incident and has launched an investigation into the matter. "We are extremely sorry for the distress that was caused to Mrs Birks. Clearly this should not have happened and we have launched a detailed investigation. A consultant and a senior nurse saw Mrs Birks and her husband while they were still at the hospital to apologise in person and to inform them a full investigation would take place. I have also written to Mrs Birks to offer her sincere apologies for the distress and anxiety that such an unpleasant experience must have caused.", Derby's hospitals trust chief executive, Sue James said.