"Snake bite"

About: Darlington Memorial Hospital / Accident and emergency

We have a holiday cottage attached to our house in Weardale. We are very concerned that a guest staying with us was bitten by an Adder. As it happened in our garden another guest was able to photograph the snake. They were worried their little dog would be bitten so they attempted to pick the snake up and put it into a plastic container not knowing the snake was venomous. Unfortunately it bit the 20 year old man. Subsequently he went to Bishop Auckland urgent care and on to Darlington but both departments said it was impossible for him to have a snake bite in this country. The doctor refused to look at the photograph of the snake on the relatives phone. The patient was given antibiotics. He is fine, no ill effects but what if he had been a toddler or old person!!

There is a sign at Bollihope Beck warning people about Adders on the fell. Surely some extra training needs to be implemented to raise awareness on this subject.

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Response from Darlington Memorial Hospital

Thank you for providing feedback on your guest's recent experience of both Bishop Auckland Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital.

I am very sorry to hear that you were unhappy with the experience your guest encountered on this occasion and we will make sure your feedback is passed to the Matron for both the Urgent Care Centre at Bishop Auckand and the A&E department at Darlington.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your guest's concerns with them and if they would like to contact us with their name and some more details it would enable the Matron/Manager to look into your concerns for them.

If they feel this would be useful please contact the Trust’s Patient Experience Team on 0800 7835774.

If they would prefer to contact us by e-mail, our address is cdda-tr.patientexperiencecddft@nhs.net

If you do decide to contact us, please make us aware that you have left comments on the NHS Choices website.

The Trust is grateful for all feedback, positive or negative, as it means we can better understand what is important to our patients.

Thank you for leaving your comments on NHS Choices.

Patient Experience Team

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 0800 7835774

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