Hand sanitiser stolen from Norfolk hospital

Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital has introduced a range of strict new measues to help it

Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital has introduced a range of strict new measues to help it cope when the coronavirus infection reaches its peak. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Hospital chiefs have said patients could be put at risk after a hand sanitiser unit was stolen from a corridor.

The unit was reported missing from the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.

It was located in one of the main ground floor corridors, outside the inpatient CT scanner suite, and reportedly went missing on Tuesday.

The theft comes as the number of Covid-19 cases in Norfolk reaches 51.

A hospital spokesman said: “Regrettably, we have had a hand sanitiser gel dispenser taken from our hospital.

“The health and safety of our patients and staff remains our priority.

“We provide hand sanitiser gel dispensers to ensure good hand hygiene within our hospital, and these must not be removed under any circumstances as this can put our patients at risk.”

The spokesman said it was one of dozens such units across the hospital, outside wards and clinical areas.

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The importance of washing hands for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser, has been one of the central campaign messages to stop or slow the spread of coronavirus.

As a result hand sanitiser has been in short supply or rationed.

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