Seven A&E staff at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon have been suspended for playing the ‘lying down game’ and posting pictures on the internet.
The pictures were taken at the hospital during a night shift at the hospital in August.
The “lying down game” involves being pictured lying down with arms by your side and toes pointing towards the floor and then posting the pictures on the internet.
The images, which have now been removed, were posted on the social networking site Facebook. The staff were pictured lying down on the hospital’s resuscitation trolleys, ward floors and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance helipad.
Dr Alf Troughton, medical director for Great Western Hospital NHS Trust, has confirmed the suspensions. ”A number of staff were suspended following allegations of unprofessional conduct while on night shift duty in the hospital during a weekend in August.
”This did not involve patients and we are satisfied that at no time was patient care compromised.
”The Great Western Hospital sets high standards for staff behaviour at all times and therefore takes any such breaches extremely seriously. It is important to reassure patients and our workforce that this was an isolated incident and staff cover was maintained at all times. The allegations have been thoroughly investigated and seven members of staff remain suspended pending formal disciplinary hearings.”