Hospital visit by reindeer sparks inquiry
Bosses of a Scottish healthcare trust have launched an inquiry after a reindeer was taken into a hospital to visit children shortly before Christmas.
A review was ordered by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) leaders after a hand-reared and vet-checked fawn was taken around several wards at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in the Yorkhill district of Glasgow.
The animal had been on display outside the children’s hospital as part of a charity event to celebrate Christmas when a staff member decided to take the animal inside to show some children.
The NHSGGC revealed the animal did not come into contact with any patients in isolation, but other patients petted it as it was paraded around the facility.
The trust said the staff member decided to take the reindeer into the hospital without the consent or knowledge of managers or senior clinical staff, but described the incident was “well intentioned”.
A statement from the trust said: “As such we conducted an internal review to learn lessons.
“At no time did the fawn urinate on a child and appropriate infection control procedures were taken with those children who petted the animal.
“The reindeer fawn did not go into any isolation cubicles or have contact with any patient in isolation.”