'Pulled my sleeve up because I didn't believe it'

Two former patients of a Queensland hospital have claimed they were discharged without health staff removing their cannulas, 9News can reveal.

'Pulled my sleeve up because I didn't believe it'

Two former patients of a Queensland hospital have claimed they were discharged without health staff removing their cannulas, 9News can reveal.

Maddie claims when she was discharged from Caboolture Hospital, in the state's south-east, in August, hospital staff forgot to remove her cannula.

The 17-year-old said her mother rang the hospital with nurses asking for Maddie to return to hospital. But the teenager was asleep.

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Maddie said the hospital then called her mobile phone and asked her to take it out herself.

"It was like, 'hey Maddie, I think we forgot about it in your arm'," she said.

"They were like, 'I'll tell you how to take it out, you have to be really careful about it'.

"They asked me to grab a Band-Aid after it and start putting pressure on it."

Maddie said she was instructed to place pressure on the area because it could bleed a lot.

Kyla Eccles said Caboolture Hospital also left a cannula in her arm after she was discharged following a day surgery on 2 July.

"I got a phone call notifying me I still had a cannula in my arm," Ms Eccles said.

"I pulled my sleeve up because I didn't believe it and I had a look and sure it was there."

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Caboolture Hospital is the subject of a state government inquiry.

Ms Eccles said she demanded someone from the hospital take it out.

"The nurse that discharged me came here and sat in my front lounge room...took the cannula out," she said.

9News contacted Queensland Health, in relation to both cases and was told: "Due to privacy and confidentiality we are unable to comment about individual patients."

The hospital further said: "Patients should not attempt to remove a cannula on their own."

The hospital is the subject of a state government inquiry.

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