An elderly man with dementia was made to lie face down in his vomit and faces while in hospital, his son has claimed.

Khawaja Mohammed Anwar was taken to Royal Liverpool Hospital on February 3 following a fall in his back garden.

The 82-year-old has vascular dementia, which leads to memory loss and difficulties understanding, The Liverpool Echo reported.

His son Aamer Anwar, who is a prominent lawyer and Glasgow University rector, has criticised the 'shocking' treatment that his dad reportedly received.

He tweeted: "Heartbroken my 82-year-old father suffering from dementia, almost died from a fall [he is now] in Royal Liverpool [and has been] left for hours in his urine and faeces, my 71-year-old mother having to clean and feed him, no basic hygiene!"

Khawaja's wife Nargis has made a formal complaint regarding the treatment he has received.

She wrote: “You wouldn’t expect a parent to allow a toddler to lie in its own vomit or excrement, because that would be seen as abuse, yet [staff] who have a duty of care to my husband have done exactly that.”

Khawaja's wife Nargis has made an official complaint about the way he is being treated
Khawaja's wife Nargis has made an official complaint about the way he is being treated

Nargis first noticed the conditions her husband was being made to live in.

She said: “The physio came and started to help him to move him so he could sit on the edge of the bed before standing him up. He was in extreme pain. There was a smell of excrement and he was very wet.

“I saw dry excrement on his gown and it was clear it had been there for some time. I told the nurse that he is wet and dirty and needs cleaning.

“The nurse and the physio helped to put the clean sheet on and put him back in bed.”

Later that day, Nargis said she found Khawaja covered in faeces, prompting her to clean him up.

"No assistance was offered," she said.

“I asked where the gloves were and I was told in the corridor so went and got some gloves to help him to be cleaned up properly.

“Two [members of staff] came to help to change the sheet as my husband, due to broken bones in his pelvis, can’t move by himself.

“I cleaned him again by myself. They did not stop me or take part in cleaning or assist me.

“One of the [staff] did say that it’s their job to clean and I said I am helping you to make sure he is cleaned properly as it’s not done properly and he smells.

“But they did not take over from me or tell me to stop.”

Nargis has raised concerns about the hygienic practices of some staff (stock photo)
Nargis has raised concerns about the hygienic practices of some staff (stock photo)

She also claims that she saw poor hygiene practices in the way staff dealt with her husband.

“I asked them to remove their gloves, as I had passed the dirty faeces covered tissues to the one of the [staff] who then began changing sheets with the same gloves on," Nargis continued.

“Infection and germs can spread but they put tissues full of faeces open in the bin near the other patient.”

Nargis also had encountered difficulty with how her husband is being fed.

She said: “I have told the staff to prompt him to wake up to eat, as since [he has] vascular dementia he sleeps most of the time during the day and stays awake at night. His days and nights are all muddled up.

“His cup of tea in a beaker is always lying there when I go as he can’t reach or hold properly unless you raised the bed and helped him to hold the beaker.

“Yet [staff] fail to offer to do this for him. How can he recover if he is not even getting basic nutritional requirements met on a daily basis?”

In a final plea to the hospital, Mrs Anwar said: “I am horrified at the lack of basic hygiene, I despair to think of what happens to other patients in a similar condition but have no one to speak up for them.

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“I cannot sit in silence and watch my husband, a proud old man, who worked his whole life now subjected to humiliating treatment by those who are supposed to care for him.

“I appreciate the huge pressure the NHS is under, the cuts they have suffered but I really do not think I am asking for too much.

"I hope you can at the very least assure me that my husband will be looked after properly with some compassion and humanity.”

Colin Hont, Deputy Chief Nurse, said she had apologised to the family.

“Patient care is our top priority," he said.

"He have taken steps to address the family’s areas of concern and have put in place a detailed care plan for Mr Anwar.

“We can’t discuss the details of individual cases, but we are progressing with a full investigation of this complaint, which will include reviewing all the care which staff have already given Mr Anwar.”