A DAD has told of his HIV and hepatitis fear for his autistic son who trod on a discarded syringe.
Anthony Davies was also angry Wrexham Maleor Hospital didn’t give nine-year-old Jevan treatment when he took him to the accident and emergency unit.
Jevan stepped on the syringe while playing with friends near St Mark’s Church, Bryn Eglwys Road on Saturday, October 4, which punctured his left big toe.
Mr Davies, who has battled mouth cancer for years, said he rang his GP out of hours service who urged him to take Jevan straight to A&E.
They waited for an hour-and-a-half before doctors saw them.
“I explained to them what had happened. They asked me if I understood the situation with hepatitis and HIV and I said I knew there could be a problem.
“But they said the likelihood of catching something was in the thousands and it was unlikely he would have been infected.
“I asked if what they were going to do such as blood tests and they said there is nothing we can do.”
They advised Mr Davies if Jevan’s foot swelled up to go and see the GP to bring him back, but he claimed the doctors did not clean or treat the puncture wound.
He said: “I came away panicking. I was horrified.”
Mr Davies says he has written a letter of complaint.
Maelor Hospital spokesman Andy Scotson said: “The accident and emergency department would not have been able to test Jevan there.
“They should have cleaned the wound up and advised Mr Davies to go and see his GP about tests and any treatment – if this didn’t happen then we apologise.”
Mr Davies also blasted the drug user for irresponsibly throwing it away where somebody could get hurt or infected.
“There are policies and help for a drug user, but an innocent child in the community who could fall victim of a drug user through no fault of his own – it seems to be ‘well if he’s got it he’s got it’.”
John Bradbury, chief environment officer at Wrexham council, said: “Syringes are removed from public land as a matter of priority and anyone who finds one should contact our Pride in your Streets number on 01978 298989.”