Gloveless hospital staffers dispose of dangerous waste at Glasgow facility currently under investigation

February 12, 2019

Gloveless orderlies picked up dangerous clinical waste at a Glasgow hospital where two premature babies died after contracting an infection, according to an article on the Daily Record website.

Management of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde ordered an immediate investigation into photos of the employees. Meanwhile, a probe is under way into the deaths of the two newborn children at the hospital’s Princess Royal Maternity unit.

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “Porters (orderlies) should wear gloves when they handle waste – these are part of their personal protective equipment (PPE) and are for their own protection.

“We have begun investigating this incident and staff who were on duty on Friday night and Saturday at Glasgow Royal Infirmary have been spoken to. We will also be reminding staff in all of our sites of the importance of wearing full PPE.

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