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Nurse wins compensation over latex allergy


An HCA has won six-figure compensation from a hospital trust that put her life at risk by forcing her to wear latex gloves.

HCA Tanya Dodd, 25, developed a type I allergy to latex that caused her to have anaphylactic shock while working for Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust.

‘It was in the middle of the ward. My fists swelled up, I had a rash on my face and arms and I could hardly breathe,’ Ms Dodd told NT.

Ms Dodd was threatened with disciplinary action if she did not wear the gloves and left the NHS three years ago.

She has to live in a latex-free environment and must replace everyday items such as hairbrushes, pens, mobile phones and shoes with latex-free alternatives. Foods that contain proteins similar to latex have also been eliminated from Ms Dodd’s diet.

Ms Dodd said: ‘I don’t think [the trust] really cared. Latex-free alternatives are the same price or sometimes cheaper.’

No-one was available to comment from the trust.


Readers' comments (3)

  • This is outrageous, call the NHS a caring profession. I hope the persecutor was struck off.

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  • It's a joke! I have the same problem, except I only have a rash but it is almost impossible sometimes to get gloves without latex. What about the patients who are allergic to latex??? Are we going to make them suffer as well???

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  • Interesting. My son suffers with latex allergy. The attitude from hospital staff can sometimes be left wanting when faced with patients who have these conditions. The ignorance of Professionals to the dangers of this needs addressing as I'm sure that this type of thing will be on the increase.

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