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Hospital staff asked to look out for ‘gel thief’


Nurses and other staff at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been told to be on their guard for thefts of antibacterial alcohol gel.

There have been a number of reports of the gel being stolen from wards and departments – and a man ran away when approached on a ward at Bassetlaw Hospital on 22 December.

It comes at a time when the trust’s staff are battling to keep norovirus at bay.

While there are no wards affected by norovirus at Bassetlaw Hospital, three wards at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu Hospital are currently closed due to an outbreak.


Readers' comments (13)

  • Apparently he keeps getting clean away.....

    I'll get me coat :)

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  • Ha Ha!

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  • Maybe its the infection control / finance dept. because soap and water is more effective against Norovirus, C Dif etc.!

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    I was working in a nursing home in Aberdeen as an agency nurse and when they handed out the individual bottles of gel i was told that i was not to have one as i was an agency nurse.

    When i told my husband he said :

    When you go back to that home ,tell them that the bugs and germs do not know that i am an agency nurse they do not discriminate. i though it rather relevant.

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  • Sandra Joyce Powell | 28-Dec-2011 9:41 am

    Oh Dear, Oh Dear!

    How can someone run or work in a nursing home when they don't even have a basic sense of logic? No wonder there are so many problems in healthcare where basic intelligence is so blatently and desperately lacking.

    Seen from another perspective, such social exclusion of an agency nurse doesn't bode well for excellence in interpersonal relationships, team working and seamless services than stems from these concepts!

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  • This has been going onat a North london Hospital for3 or 4 years. There is nothing wrong with soap and water- but one needs mixer taps, not just 1 hot tap and 1 cold for effectiveness, and hand towels that have not been stored on the floor. Gel can make your hands sore, but no way would I attempt to drink it although i like spirits.

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  • perhaps santa has had a change from milk and mince pies ho! ho! ho!

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  • 'Tottles' are not reccommended in my trust as they do not dispense an adequate amount for effective hand hygiene

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  • hasn't research revealed any findings to support the best methods for hand hygiene which can be used as a universal standard instead of spreading more germs and wasting more money on ineffective methods and on the care of patients with hospital acquired infections?

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  • Studies have shown soap and water is best used for hand hygiene against Norovirus. Alcohol sanitizer removes less microbes from hands with regards to this virus and CDiff.

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