Bungling NHS staff left a sponge inside a patient’s body when they went for a tea break during surgery.

The medical blunder, which took place during keyhole surgery, has been disclosed in a report by NHS Lanarkshire.

The mistake left the unnamed patient in ‘worsening pain’ after the operation and was only resolved when the sponge was removed in a second surgery.

Reported by teh Mail Online. You can read the full story here. 

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