Hospital executive sorry for radio stuff-up

A SENIOR Caboolture Hospital executive has apologised for a second time to a family whose three-week-old baby was fed the wrong milk last week.

Having already apologised for the mixup, which raised fears the baby might have been exposed to HIV, the hospital's acting executive director Keith Love then had to say sorry for telling a radio audience the HIV tests were clear, before he had told the baby's parents.

Mr Love was being interviewed on 4BC Radio yesterday when the initial tests on the milk donor mother for hepatitis A, B, C and HIV came through clear.

After telling the live radio audience, Mr Love admitted the baby's family had yet to be told the good news. The interview was put on hold.

Late yesterday, the Metro North Hospital and Health Service released a statement saying Mr Love had personally apologised to the baby's parents that they were not told first.

"We are truly sorry for the distress that has been caused by this regrettable mistake," Mr Love said in the statement.

"Most importantly I have been able to confirm that because of the good health of those involved there is negligible risk of health impacts to the baby as a result of this incident.

"However as a precaution, to give peace of mind and absolute certainty to the families involved, blood samples have been taken for comprehensive testing."

The child's grandmother Peggy told 4BC Radio she was disgusted by the incident.

"I was just so grateful to hear those words (sorry) out of his mouth and then so angry that my son and daughter-in-law weren't told," she said.

"I've got tears just streaming down my face in relief over this but I don't know why he would even say that on the phone without speaking to my son and daughter-in-law."

Mr Love's statement said a routine confirmation test would occur in 12 weeks and any issues identified in the investigation would be addressed to prevent them happening again.


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