A Leicestershire hospital has apologised after a nurse was seen pouring urine into a ward bin.
Lung cancer patient David Bird said he was ‘horrified’ at the actions of the trainee staff member, who dumped the liquid into clinical waste bags at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Mr Bird said any urine that leaked out through the plastic bags on to the floor of the ward was then mopped up with a towel.
The hospital explained that the mistake was made while the nurse was on induction training and offered its ‘sincere apologies’ to the 64-year-old, from Leicester Forest East.
Mr Bird told the Leicester Mercury: ‘It was really disgusting. This member of staff looked around before emptying the containers, so they obviously knew they shouldn’t be doing it.
‘I am glad they have apologised. It was disgusting and I just hope it doesn’t happen again.’
Suzanne Hinchcliffe, chief nurse at Leicester’s hospitals, said in a statement ‘This is not acceptable behaviour and I would like to offer my most sincere apologies to Mr Bird. The individual member of staff has been identified and we have taken the necessary steps to ensure this does not happen again.
‘The clinical waste bin should not have been used for urinary containers - there is a specific machine in the sluice for this purpose.’
She said the nurse in question had finished training but would continue to be monitored ‘to ensure they are working to the high standards of care we expect’.