THE TRUE extent of the Swine Flu epidemic at the West Mid Hospital has been revealed, with one family attempting to sue the NHS.
A review of the West Middlesex University Hospital's response to the H1N1 pandemic lays open the facts and figures behind the disaster over the 2009/10 period.
It says four patients at the hospital died from the condition, but all had underlying health problems.
One line reads: "The family of one patient who died is pursuing a legal case with the hospital."
A total 214 patients were admitted to the hospital with suspected swine flu, 131 of those were adults and 83 children, although the report says these figures are likely to be an "underestimate".
Of the admissions, 47 cases were confirmed, 33 of which were adults and 14 were children.
Time was spent in intensive care by six of these people, all of whom had "a lengthy stay" in the unit, an average of 32.5 days.
The report says: "At one point for a few days all three side rooms in ICU were occupied by patients with confirmed swine flu."
As of February 28 this year, one patient remained in hospital with the condition.
It is thought that during the period of the report, 12 patients with confirmed swine flu attended A&E but were not admitted.
Stocks of Tamiflu and Relenza arrived at the hospital in May 2009, up until the end of February 230 courses of Tamiflu and a further 15 of Relenza were issued to patients for hospital use.
A total of 800 staff members were vaccinated when stocks arrived in October last year.
The document also reveals that planning meetings were held every other month for two years leading up to the outbreak to cement plans in the case of a pandemic.
In April 2009 a special committee met for the first time when the WHO said a pandemic was inevitable, this was the first of 84 meetings held during the report period.
The document says: "If there is a third wave, as sometimes happens, further meetings will be convened."
NHS Hounslow have not yet made a comment on the figures