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Nurse contracted HIV from patient

Nurse contracted HIV from patient

An NHS trust has paid tribute to a nurse who died after contracting HIV from a patient while taking a blood sample.

Juliet Young, 42, went on to develop AIDS after the tragic accident at the Maudsley psychiatric hospital in south London back in June 1999.

She was carrying out a non-emergency blood test at the Lishman Unit, which treats patients with brain injuries, when the needle slipped and pricked her thumb.

Despite the fact that she was wearing gloves, she eventually died of pneumonia in January of last year.

An inquest was held at Southwark Coroner's Court and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said it only knows of five cases where UK health staff have contracted HIV from patients, and the last of these was in 1999.

A spokesman for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said: "This is a tragic and unusual incident.

"Juliet Young was a valued member of staff, and we would like to extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

"We are confident that the trust has, and continues to have, adequate safety procedures in place for dealing with sharps injuries."

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
www.careandsafe.eu

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"I have been a patient in the Lishman and knew Juliet. She was a lovely caring person. I will also be grateful for the help and support she gave me" - Name and address supplied

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