Staff suspended from a Swindon hospital for playing internet game the ‘lying down game’ while on duty have been reinstated.
The staff, who were working in the A&E department at Great Western Hospital in Swindon, posed lying down on resuscitation trolleys, ward floors and a helipad, and posted pictures of the pranks on social networking site Facebook. Seven doctors and nurses were suspended for unprofessional conduct, and the pictures were quickly removed.
A hospital spokeswoman told the BBC that the staff were “back to doing what they do best”.
“They need to understand unprofessional behaviour is unacceptable”, she added.
The lying down game, which requires participants to lie face-down with their toes pointing towards the floor, rewards extra points for posing in unusal settings. The game’s Facebook group has over 70,000 members.
Great Western Hospitals Trust said patient care had not been compromised by the incident.
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