Greedy NHS patients have been stealing hand sanitiser from hospitals – with some ripping dispensers straight off the walls.
Healthcare workers are now begging visitors to leave the bottles in place – with one saying anyone who pinches one is “complicit in someone’s death”.
Staff at St Bartholemew’s Hospital wrote: “I can’t believe I am having to ask this but please do not take the hand sanitisers off our wards when you visit Barts Hospital.
“We need it to ensure safe care for your loved ones, the best way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is good hand-washing.”
Leicester medic Jim Stewart tweeted: “To the public. I know you’re frightened but please do not steal the alcohol hand gel from hospitals. You’re putting staff and patients at risk. The NHS needs all the support it can get right now.”
“If you steal from the NHS you’re complicit in someone’s death. At this time possibly several deaths. Grow up and behave.”
Lizzie Salter, a sister on a surgical ward at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre wrote: “I had to cable tie hand sanitiser to beds today [Saturday] … please please don’t steal our alcohol gel.”
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A spokesperson for the Chesterfield Royal Hospital said: “We’re really disappointed to have to make this announcement, but like other hospitals across the country, we’re now seeing supplies of hand sanitisers and gels disappearing from our wards, departments and services.
“A quick walk around this morning reveals that bottles have been taken from our A&E, out-patient clinics, welcome desks, receptions, tables, corridor dispensers and even from patients’ bedsides.
“These products are designed to keep our staff, patients and visitors safe in hospital.
“Along with the best hand hygiene option – washing them with soap and water – they are a vital additional measure to prevent infection spread across our environments.
“With supplies now low in the hospital – and nationally – the actions of a few people could be putting vulnerable people at risk.
“We’re working hard to make sure we can care for people properly – please respect our staff and patients by making sure we have the ability to keep them safe”
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