DIABETES patients that attended a Rhyl pharmacy are “living a nightmare” after learning that one needle may have been used on several patients.
Sixteen patients who attended the Type 2 diabetes screening checks at Lloyds Pharmacy in Rhyl between May 24 and July 19 have been contacted by the pharmaceutical chain and are awaiting test results to see if they have contracted diseases such as HIV or hepatitis.
The news came to light when a customer queried the procedure at Lloyds Pharmacy on Rhyl High Street and an investigation into the alleged repeated use of the lancet - used to take blood - was launched immediately.
Catherine Smith, operations director at Wolf Solicitors, said the firm was representing nine people, many of whom were elderly and were struggling to come to terms with the news.
She said: “Wolf Law were initially contacted by a client who had attended a diabetes screening and then received a letter from Lloyds Pharmacy advising her of the alleged contamination. Since then a number of clients have come forward to seek assistance in dealing with this very sensitive issue.
“Our clients are in turmoil about the long term effects this may have on them, including diseases such as HIV. Clients may not receive the all clear for 12 months.
“They are living a nightmare and are worried about the possible long term consequences of the contamination. Some clients are struggling to function and are shying away from all physical contact, even hugging their grandchildren.”
A Lloyds pharmacy spokesperson confirmed that the pharmaceutical chain wasinvestigating a breach of clinical procedure at the Rhyl Pharmacy, stressing that it was an “isolated incident”.
The spokeswoman said: “While any adverse risk to patients is very low, as a responsible pharmacy operator we have contacted the patients who may have been affected to advise them accordingly.
“We understand that any risk to health, no matter how small, is a concern for those involved and are providing continuing help and support.
“Patient safety is always our first priority and we take it very seriously when our protocols are not followed. A detailed investigation is currently underway so we can fully understand how the breach took place and ensure it does not happen again.”
Those with queries can contact Wolf Law on 0845 3409700.