A phone loss irks surgical patient
Winston Patterson, 49, also known as ‘Pappy,’ of 106 D’Urban and Smyth Streets, Georgetown, was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital for surgery, yesterday at around 2:00 am.
What he got along with the surgery was having his phone, a Motorola L6, stolen.
Patterson, whose job entails building and remodelling bicycles, told Kaieteur News that he arrived at the (GPHC) to have a serious abscess removed.
After surgery, he was given a bag of saline, and placed in a bed.
He added that he was uncomfortable in the bed, and went to another bed.
‘I was so drowsy; all I could remember is going to the washroom, carrying my bag of saline. When I came back, I went straight to bed.
According to Patterson, while in bed, he vaguely remembered seeing a nurse or somebody who works there taking away his saline.
“I remember the face because I saw her in the theatre. Later on in the morning, when I woke, my phone was gone.”
An infuriated Patterson said that he can’t believe workers at the hospital would do such things.
Because of my kind of work, I meet a lot of people. There was this time when a woman came to me to do some work for her; she left forgetting one of her bags.
I never went into it, but some time later on, she returned with a police officer and claimed that I stole her money.
I told her that I still had her bag and that I never went into it.
When she looked there, she found her money, some $100,000 for Courts. She then rewarded me $10,000 for having everything intact.
When Kaieteur News spoke with the supervisor for the shift, who didn’t want her name mentioned, she said that the hospital has a policy whereby patients are not allowed to bring any sort of valuables into the hospital.
“It is not the nurse’s job to be responsible for patients’ valuables, such as rings and cell phones. We tell patients what is allowed and not allowed, but some still do as they like. Many times they are caught charging their phones.”