Anger at baby fall from hospital bed

Thompson Stoner, 8 months, with mum Charlene Ratcliffe. He fell off a table when having an x-ray after a technician left him unattended to get a tray of tea
Thompson Stoner, 8 months, with mum Charlene Ratcliffe. He fell off a table when having an x-ray after a technician left him unattended to get a tray of tea
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Angry Castleford mum Chantelle Ratcliffe is demanding answers after her baby son was allowed to fall from a hospital bed.

An X-ray technician left eight-month-old Thompson Stoner unattended while he went to fetch a tray of tea during an appointment at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield on Thursday.

The tot rolled from the bed and fell to the floor, leaving him with bumps and bruises to his head and bottom.

Miss Ratcliffe, 26, of Lumley Avenue, said she warned staff at the hospital, where Thompson was having an outpatient’s X-ray, that he was likely to roll as he was trying to crawl.

She said: “One of the technicians was putting a lead apron on me so I could stay with him, the other was with Thompson.

“The next thing I heard a bang and he was on the floor, screaming.”

Her partner, Steven Stoner, and their eight-year-old daughter Ebonie were also in the room when the incident happened.

Miss Ratcliffe added: “They were behind the X-ray screen and saw the whole thing.

“My partner said someone came in the room with a tray of tea and the technician left Thompson on the table so he could get the tea.”

She said although staff were very apologetic, a doctor who was supposed to come and check Thompson over never arrived.

After waiting for 15 minutes, Miss Ratcliffe said she had to take the baby to A&E herself.

Thompson had been due to have the X-ray on his hips, as doctors were concerned he might have a problem with them when he was born.

Miss Ratcliffe said she also took Thompson to her own GP the next day to make sure nothing was wrong.

She is lodging a formal complaint with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital.

Sally Napper, chief nurse at the trust said: “We are now investigating the complaint and will be back in touch with the family in due course.”