02:15PM, Wednesday 09 November 2016
A complaint about the state of Wexham Park Hospital has resulted in an admission from the hospital's CEO that it is struggling to fund cleaning and maintenance.
Adam Baskott, 34, a marketing manager from Bridge Road in Maidenhead, was visiting his father in hospital while he had his kidney stones removed.
Adam said: "I spent a lot of time visiting my nan last year, and the state of the hospital grounds has definitely deteriorated since then.
"I was gobsmacked actually. The grounds were probably the most disgusting I've ever seen."
He said several open spaces and gardens at the hospital in Slough are littered with discarded medical instruments and rubbish.
Adam added: "What if a child picked up the needle on the end of that medical equipment?"
Adam emailed Sir Andrew Morris, CEO at Wexham Park for a response.
Sir Morris said: "Thanks for your email. You are right the garden is not in a good state.
"We do invite organisations in if they want to undertake some team building work to upgrade the gardens.
"If your company would like to volunteer, we would very much welcome that.
"Once it's in a better state we could then take on the maintenance of it."
In the past, the hospital's performance has been blighted under the cash-strapped Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which in 2014 was placed under special measures, and in 2010 needed an £18 million loan from the government.
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust took over in 2014 and in February this year the hospital was rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Adam said: "I don't want to take anything away from the work the doctors and nurses are doing inside, which has been excellent. But it's not good enough.
"I'd be willing to help clean up the grounds if I could get enough people together join me."
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