A man who cares for his severely disabled wife says he is "disgusted" after claiming he contracted Covid-19 when he was treated in hospital for a head injury.
Philip Waters, 66, claims he was put on a Royal Derby Hospital ward on Friday, October 16, opposite a patient who had the virus.
A few hours after he was sent home Mr Waters received a text message from the Government's test and trace service telling him he had tested positive for coronavirus.
The carer had originally been admitted after he fell in the street near his home in Alvaston, Derbyshire.
When he was taken to hospital, Mr Waters tested negative for the virus on entry as part of standard Covid procedure.
But he was placed in a ward with a patient who had coronavirus, he says.
Then, when he was discharged the following day, he received a text from the NHS telling him to self-isolate for 10 days as he had tested positive for coronavirus on exit.
The hospital says that it has a number of measures in place to restrict the spread of the virus in its Accident and Emergency department and Medical Assessment Units.
Mr Waters said: “It’s just terrible. I am disgusted. The fact that they are not managing Covid properly, in that ward at least, is disgusting.
“I told the sister there that it was her hospital that gave me this virus. I did not have it when I came in, I tested negative.”
Mr Waters recalled the night he was first transferred to Royal Derby Hospital: “Last Friday we had been out enjoying some shopping at Argos and Sainsbury's.
“We were walking home and all of a sudden I am on the floor.
“The wife told me not to get up and called an ambulance.
“They took me to hospital to the A&E department. I was a bit battered and bruised with blood on my face but there was nothing untoward.
“But they said they needed to take me through to the Medical Assessment Unit, and at some point I then had a Covid test.
“That came back negative, and they took me to the MAU at 4am on Saturday.”
It was revealed to Mr Waters the next morning (Sunday) that Ward 305 was a Covid ward, after he tried to go home and was told he could not.
Mr Waters said: “I told them I needed to go home to look after my wife and they said no.
“Eventually they gave me another Covid test and I said that I was going, win, lose or draw.
“I signed a paper saying that I was self-discharging and that I needed to self-isolate for 15 days.
“And then later that afternoon I got a text saying that I had tested positive for the virus.”
Wife Patricia Waters Wallace, 62, is disabled with severe, chronic pain and mental health issues.
She said: “Me and my husband have been so careful around this virus.
“We did not allow anyone in to the house except a couple of social workers.
“We have been so careful and we have gone all this time with nothing going wrong.
“And now he’s had a fall in the street and then he gets put in the Covid ward?
“I know they are working really hard in the hospital and there are so many staff members risking their lives, but this isn’t right.”
Mr Waters is currently not showing any symptoms of the virus.
A spokesperson for Royal Derby Hospital said: "“We have a number of measures in place in our A&E departments and Medical Assessment Units (MAU) to ensure that we keep patients safe.
"These include social distancing, wearing of face masks and also the use of low, medium and high risk pathways for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.
“All patients are triaged (medically assessed) on arrival to our hospitals to identify which of the pathways they need to access our services through.
"If patients are displaying Covid-19 symptoms or are suspected of having the virus, patients will be placed on our high risk pathway, while patients with no symptoms will be placed on our medium risk pathway in order to limit the spread of the virus.
“All patients who are admitted are routinely tested and should patients on a low or medium risk pathway return a positive Covid-19 result, they are immediately transferred to the high risk pathway.
“We are currently exploring the use of ‘Redirooms’ in our hospitals to further enhance our infection prevention and control measures.
“‘Redirooms’ are pop-up rooms within our bays in which patients will be treated if they are suspected of having Covid or while the result for their Covid test is processed.”