Hospital says sorry for burning patient

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A hospital has apologised after a patient was set on fire during an operation.

The unnamed patient suffered skin burns when a cleaning solution ignited during a surgical procedure at Scarborough Hospital on Monday. An investigation was immediately launched.

Liz Booth, director of operations, said: “I can confirm that during a surgical procedure a solution used to clean the skin ignited, causing skin burns to the patient. The skin burn was treated immediately and the patient was kept in hospital overnight.

“As a precaution the patient was transferred to Castle Hill Hospital for further assessment and on return was discharged.

“We are extremely sorry for any pain and distress caused to the patient.”