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Fury as coronavirus hand sanitiser thieves target hospital’s cancer ward

It leaves vulnerable people at risk

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Selfish thieves have reportedly stolen hand sanitiser from a cancer ward at an NHS hospital as the coronavirus crisis continues to worsen.

Heartless yobs are said to have ripped a gel dispenser off a wall at Northampton General Hospital, leaving patients at risk of being exposed to harmful viruses and bacteria.

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A paramedic at Northampton General Hospital hit out at the thieves on Facebook (Credit: Google Maps)

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On Facebook, one paramedic hit out at the thieves as she urged people to stop stealing antibacterial gel.

Jayne Walters, who said the dispenser was stolen from a hygiene station located near a cancer ward at the hospital, said such incidents have sadly become “the reality of the situation”.

She wrote, as reported by Metro: “This is the reality of the situation! A gel dispenser has been ripped off the wall next to the cancer unit!

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Hand washing is essential to preventing the spread of viruses and bacteria (Credit: Pixabay)

“Stop stealing alcohol gel! We really need it.”

A sign above where the dispenser was attached to the wall read: “Hand hygiene station. Visitors, patients, staff, all hands to the pump. Help protect our patients and yourself.”

Metro also quoted a spokesperson for Northampton General, who said the hospital had seen “a lot of hand sanitiser dispensers disappearing” from the ends of patients’ beds and welcome desks.

A gel dispenser has been ripped off the wall next to the cancer unit!

It comes amid reports of panic-buying sparked by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, which claimed its sixth victim in the UK on Tuesday (March 10).

Over the weekend, it was reported that Tesco was imposing a five-item limit on certain products in a bid to stop bulk-buying leading to mass shortages of essential goods.

Hand sanitiser was on the list, as were staples like baked beans and the children’s medicine Calpol.

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Supermarkets are taking steps to prevent shoppers from bulk buying (Credit: The Cleavers / SplashNews.com)

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The topic came up on ITV daytime show Lorraine earlier this week – and the presenter revealed she was forced to confront one panic-buyer who appeared to be purchasing much more than they needed.

Daytime TV host Lorraine Kelly told Dr Hilary Jones, during a segment on the outbreak that she clashed with a shopper at her local Tesco who was clearly “loading up with the bog roll”.

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