Mum blames Romford hospital for son getting kicked in face

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 March 2017

Nikki Armstrong with son Leo Campion who was assaulted in Queen's Hospital

Nikki Armstrong with son Leo Campion who was assaulted in Queen's Hospital


A mum has said she is holding Queen’s Hospital responsible for her eight-year-old receiving a kick to the face.

Leo Campion, eight, with a bruised face. Photo: Nikki Armstrong.Leo Campion, eight, with a bruised face. Photo: Nikki Armstrong.

Nikki Armstrong, 42, of Comiston Avenue, Upminster, attended the hospital for her daughter, Ameilia Campion, four, to receive blood tests.

But while in the waiting area, a teenager with learning difficulties accidently kicked son Leo Campion, in the face causing cuts and bruises.

“We were in the waiting room,” said the mum-of-two.

“The doors flew open and this 17 or 18-year-old came in with two carers either side. They were dragging him and he managed to fly-kick my little boy in the face.

“Leo went down, he’s eight but is like a five or six year old.”

According to Mrs Armstrong, her son could not see out of his eye as it began to swell up and he needed to see a doctor in the A&E department.

But she feels the situation is one that need not have happened and holds the hospital is responsible.

A spokesman for the Trust said: “We are unable to comment because a formal investigation is now under way.”

Mrs Armstrong said she has asked twice for the hospital to assess her daughter for a children’s hospital passport but it has not been carried out.

“The passports were set up by the National Autistic Society,” she continued.

“It helps families with children with special needs. It provides children with support to get through appointments and is supposed to give priority to children so you’re not left waiting.”

Both Ameilia and Leo have special needs but while her son has a passport to help with his appointments her daughter does not.

The spokesman added: “It’s normally the responsibility of the parent to do that [complete an application form]. It is not a form that would fill out.

“It appears there’s a bit of confusion.”

The concerned mother has now made an official complaint to the hospital.

“I want an apology,” she continued.

“I want to know how did that manage to happen and how were we put into that situation in the first place.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Romford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Romford Recorder