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Measures introduced to stop problem patients drinking alcoholic hand gels at King George Hospital

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
11:15 AM

Patients drinking hand sanitising gels in attempts to get drunk have become “more of an issue” in recent years, Redbridge’s hospital trust

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Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) insists it now has the measures in place to stop alcoholics drinking the hand gel from its premises, 
including removing any free-standing containers.

Sacha Coodye, matron for infection prevention and control at BHRUT, said: 
“Alcohol-based hand wash is a vital tool in combating the spread of bugs and we actively encourage everybody to use it, because the cleanliness and safety of 
patients is a priority.”

Issues regarding the theft of hand alcohol sanitisers from hospitals can be costly for the trust and the NHS; it can also be potentially very dangerous for patients.

The trust confirmed it had one repeated case of a patient consuming hand sanitizing gel at Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford.

According to a BHRUT spokesman, long-term hand gel manufacturer Spirigel has been approached to change the name from 
“alcohol” to “sanitiser”.

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