Mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos working in hospital

Asbestos exposure working in hospital


After 40 years working in Norwich hospitals a former nurse is appealing for help in her compensation battle.

Mary Artherton discovered that she has mesothelioma, a cancer that is mainly caused by asbestos, she believes she was exposed to the deadly dust while working at several Norwich hospitals including the old Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, the West Norwich Hospital, the Jenny Lind - now Priscilla Bacon Lodge - and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. David Cass, Her solicitor, said asbestos had been used as lagging on pipes in some of these hospital buildings.

Mrs Artherton said: "At each of the old hospitals I worked at I recall asbestos lagging on pipes. Part of my job as a student nurse was to clean the hospital on weekends. I remember dusting and wiping down surfaces.

"In theatres, one of the main jobs, as staff nurse and then sister, was to keep the theatres clinically clean. Workmen came in at the weekend, and I would clean up after them. There was also always building work going while I was at the West Norwich Hospital.

"At the old Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, there was a corridor we went down three to four times a day to get to the canteen. It was dusty and there was asbestos lagging on pipes all around us in the 1960s. At that time no one warned you about the dangers of asbestos or to wear protective clothing."

Solicitor representing victim of hospital asbestos

Mr Cass said: "We are appealing for witnesses who may have worked at one of these hospitals at the same time as Mrs Artherton and have knowledge of the asbestos that was used.

"She worked in hospitals where there was extensive use of asbestos lagging. It's her only source of exposure. In order to further her claim for compensation, we need evidence from witnesses who might have worked alongside Mrs Atherton."

If you can help Mrs Artherton, call David Cass at Irwin Mitchell solicitors in Sheffield on 0114 2744559.

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