Croesyceiliog man's wound was ‘full of maggots’ when bandage removed

Noel Walker, 44, from Croesyceiliog who was shocked to find maggots in a wound in his foot. Pictured is Noel at home in Croesyceliog.

Noel Walker, 44, from Croesyceiliog who was shocked to find maggots in a wound in his foot. Pictured is Noel at home in Croesyceliog.

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A FATHER-of-one was shocked to find maggots in a wound on his foot less than 24 hours after the dressing was changed by a district nurse, he claims.

Noel Walker from Croesyceiliog underwent a skin graft operation on his left foot at Swansea's Morriston Hospital on Friday, July 4, and returned home with it bandaged up.

But over that weekend the wound, which is roughly five by one inches in size, started to smell unpleasant and to hurt, so he telephoned the district nurse's office to ask them to change the dressing, which they did the following Monday.

"The wound looked ok," explained Mr Walker, 44, who lives with his three-year-old son and his partner Rhoswen, and has been having operations on his foot since 1995 when he fell through scaffolding.

"But the old bandages were taken off and put on the floor, then the nurse reused them. That night I thought I felt something moving but thought I must be imagining it.

"I had shooting pains in my foot and couldn't sleep, so I called the district nurses again on Tuesday but they refused to come out as it wasn't an emergency.

"In the end it was so painful I took the bandages off, to find maggots in the wound."

Mr Walker, who had a previous skin graft back in February, went straight to Newport's Royal Gwent Hospital where the wound was cleaned and looked at by both nurses and doctors, who sent samples off to be tested.

They warned him he could lose his foot, he says.

"The maggots were not placed there, I haven't had any maggot treatment," said Mr Walker in reference to the medical practice of using maggots to treat some flesh wounds.

"I nearly screamed, I freaked out. There were loads, more than 30, and a horrendous smell. The nurses were stunned."

Images of Mr Walker's foot are too graphic to show.

Last week, Mr Walker attended a routine follow-up appointment at Morriston where they told him they could save most of the skin graft, but he says he is considering legal action and has filed a formal complaint with Aneurin Bevan Health Board.

"The wards at Morriston were spotless and I'd done everything the doctors told me to, stayed indoors and kept my feet elevated," he said. "The surgeon was pleased and said 80 per cent of the graft had taken.

"Now I'm in shock and feel dejected. I can't walk, I can't go swimming with my son. I've had enough.

He added: "I hope this never happens to anyone again."

A spokesman for the health board said: “We can confirm that we are currently looking into concerns that have been raised by Mr Walker under our formal complaints process, we will be responding directly to him in due course. We take any concerns raised by patients seriously, and wish to reassure Mr Walker that the issues he has raised will be thoroughly looked into and reported on.”

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2:28pm Mon 14 Jul 14

welshmen says...

So how did a fly lay 30 eggs? during the skin graft? during changing bandages? puzzling....the care nurse might know...will we?....
So how did a fly lay 30 eggs? during the skin graft? during changing bandages? puzzling....the care nurse might know...will we?.... welshmen
  • Score: 19

9:46pm Mon 14 Jul 14

icecream girl says...

Pretty unbelievable! Time scale a little out. Our health sevice is the envy of the world our nurses and doctors are spectacular !!! Respect them or loose them- This one guy"s dubious story please don't let it obscure the experiences of care and kindness of all the good people and genuinely grateful patients and families Pease support our community nurses .
Pretty unbelievable! Time scale a little out. Our health sevice is the envy of the world our nurses and doctors are spectacular !!! Respect them or loose them- This one guy"s dubious story please don't let it obscure the experiences of care and kindness of all the good people and genuinely grateful patients and families Pease support our community nurses . icecream girl
  • Score: 23

8:41am Tue 15 Jul 14

warneboy says...

Not every nurse has the caring nature needed to be a good nurse. Sad to say.
Not every nurse has the caring nature needed to be a good nurse. Sad to say. warneboy
  • Score: 6

1:32pm Tue 15 Jul 14

taffymark says...

welshmen wrote:
So how did a fly lay 30 eggs? during the skin graft? during changing bandages? puzzling....the care nurse might know...will we?....
Hmm! Strange, love to have been a fly on the wall at the time!
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: So how did a fly lay 30 eggs? during the skin graft? during changing bandages? puzzling....the care nurse might know...will we?....[/p][/quote]Hmm! Strange, love to have been a fly on the wall at the time! taffymark
  • Score: 6

1:50pm Tue 15 Jul 14

inkyskin says...

don't believe this story AT ALL! what a load of rubbish!
don't believe this story AT ALL! what a load of rubbish! inkyskin
  • Score: 24

4:00pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Japan1 says...

"Our health sevice is the envy of the world our nurses and doctors are spectacular !!!"

There is a large spectrum of doctors and nurses in the health service some who are indeed excellent and some who are not so, any thinking that leads us to blindly believe that everything is as good as it should be leads us into a Staffordshire type scenario.
Envy of the world ? All I can say is that my treatment in France was far superior to that I would have received here. When I came home with a battery of test results and x-rays done in less than 24 hours local doctors said it would have taken weeks if not months to get that number of tests done here.
"Our health sevice is the envy of the world our nurses and doctors are spectacular !!!" There is a large spectrum of doctors and nurses in the health service some who are indeed excellent and some who are not so, any thinking that leads us to blindly believe that everything is as good as it should be leads us into a Staffordshire type scenario. Envy of the world ? All I can say is that my treatment in France was far superior to that I would have received here. When I came home with a battery of test results and x-rays done in less than 24 hours local doctors said it would have taken weeks if not months to get that number of tests done here. Japan1
  • Score: -2

7:30pm Tue 15 Jul 14

bglgmgrg2014 says...

Doesnt ring true at all, another sponger of our society trying to make a claim off the back of our struggling NHS system. Disgruntled at being told it was not an emergency? A nurse would never use a dirty bandage off the floor and surely this man would of had enough intelligence to say hey use a clean one out of your medical bag please? Why rush straight to the newspaper with a story hmmm....... claims like this can do untold damage to the people they are accusing and ruin their careers. I only hope that when the truth emerges the nurse involved does him for slander. Newsflash mate, liars always get found out and doesnt look like anyone is believing this utter nonsense!!!!!
Doesnt ring true at all, another sponger of our society trying to make a claim off the back of our struggling NHS system. Disgruntled at being told it was not an emergency? A nurse would never use a dirty bandage off the floor and surely this man would of had enough intelligence to say hey use a clean one out of your medical bag please? Why rush straight to the newspaper with a story hmmm....... claims like this can do untold damage to the people they are accusing and ruin their careers. I only hope that when the truth emerges the nurse involved does him for slander. Newsflash mate, liars always get found out and doesnt look like anyone is believing this utter nonsense!!!!! bglgmgrg2014
  • Score: 15

11:36pm Tue 15 Jul 14

gingertom says...

Some of the above comments are very poor if the event didn't happen ABHB would have said so very quickly. By going to the papers at least he will get an explanation instead of the usual robbing off by whoever is the CEO.
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Some of the above comments are very poor if the event didn't happen ABHB would have said so very quickly. By going to the papers at least he will get an explanation instead of the usual robbing off by whoever is the CEO. WE NEED A ENQUIRY INTO THE WELSH NHS:https://www.asse mblywales.org/epetit ion-list-of-signator ies.htm?pet_id=1019 gingertom
  • Score: -4

2:44am Wed 16 Jul 14

bilbobaggins777 says...

What a pile of rubbish! Our community and district nurses work very hard and would certainly not be reusing dirty bandages. Perhaps this man should consider his own cleanliness instead of trying to place blame on overworked nurses in a sly attempt at getting some compensation (from an already under-resourced health service)..!
What a pile of rubbish! Our community and district nurses work very hard and would certainly not be reusing dirty bandages. Perhaps this man should consider his own cleanliness instead of trying to place blame on overworked nurses in a sly attempt at getting some compensation (from an already under-resourced health service)..! bilbobaggins777
  • Score: 13

8:48am Wed 16 Jul 14

jimmysmith says...

what a load of rubbish . not a chance of her using the dirty bandages she just took of to redress the wound and not a chance of him allowing her to .and thirdly she didnt bring the flies in with her .did she ?.
what a load of rubbish . not a chance of her using the dirty bandages she just took of to redress the wound and not a chance of him allowing her to .and thirdly she didnt bring the flies in with her .did she ?. jimmysmith
  • Score: 10

12:58pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Aladanda says...

District nurses are an essential service for housebound patients. Me walker is not housebound he goes to college and attends surgery to see practice for dressings. So why should an overworked district nurse go out to him. If he's not housebound he should attend a&e district nurses are overworked and underpaid as it is and it's patients like this who really take advantage of the excellent service offered by the NHS. I have had skin grafts in past and that dressing was totally exaggerated on his leg and yes district do re-outer bandages why not they are clean and they only to save money as our NHS is in debt
District nurses are an essential service for housebound patients. Me walker is not housebound he goes to college and attends surgery to see practice for dressings. So why should an overworked district nurse go out to him. If he's not housebound he should attend a&e district nurses are overworked and underpaid as it is and it's patients like this who really take advantage of the excellent service offered by the NHS. I have had skin grafts in past and that dressing was totally exaggerated on his leg and yes district do re-outer bandages why not they are clean and they only to save money as our NHS is in debt Aladanda
  • Score: 5

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