VA hospital investigating after tweets of 'unsanitary' room

A Veterans Affairs clinic in Salt Lake City is investigating why an Army veteran was put in a room with an overflowing trash can and medical supplies strewn about after the man's father tweeted images of the unclean space.

Stephen Wilson, the father of Christopher Wilson who spent six years in the Army and was deployed to Iraq twice, posted the photos to Twitter on Friday, calling the sight "very unprofessional, unsanitary and disrespectful." the Deseret News reported.

The post was retweeted more than 5,600 times by Saturday evening, and nearly 900 people left comments.

"The condition of the room was the way it was when he went in, no other room was offered and no attempt to clean it up was made for the duration of his appointment," Stephen Wilson also tweeted.

Dr. Karen Gribbin, chief of staff at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, said she "was taken aback by the condition of the room" when she saw the photos of Christopher Wilson's provided space during his April 5 appointment.

"Mr. Wilson should not have been placed in the room in that condition," Gribbin said. "The room should be cleaned, supplies and trash removed, before the next patient is placed in there. We are beginning our investigation into seeing exactly how this happened."

Gribbin said she spoke with Christopher Wilson on Saturday and apologized to him "for his experience."

Christopher Wilson said he was at the facility to get 18 injections in his ankle and surrounding area.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com