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TV physician Andrew Rochford says hospital patients steal hand sanitizer and replace it with water

TV star doctor Andrew Rochford begs hospital patients to stop stealing supplies because larvae replace hand sanitizer with water – and 190 out of 200 bottles disappear in one shift

  • Dr Andrew Rochford works in the emergency department of a Sydney hospital
  • The TV and radio star, 40, has appeared in The Project, Studio 10 and The Circle
  • He has called on Twitter for patients and visitors to stop stealing hand sanitizer
  • Dr. Rochford said one bottle of the product had been emptied and filled with water
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Television physician Dr. Andrew Rochford has urged patients to stop stealing essential medical supplies from hospitals after nearly 200 bottles of hand sanitizer disappeared at once.

In one case, a pump suit was emptied and its contents replaced with water, making doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus mistakenly believe they were disinfecting their hands between patients.

Dr. Rochford, who has appeared on television shows such as The Project and Studio 10 and still works in the emergency room of a Sydney hospital, revealed the theft in a Twitter message.

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TV physician Andrew Rochford has pleaded with the public to stop stealing essential medical supplies from hospitals after nearly 200 bottles of hand sanitizer disappear

TV physician Andrew Rochford has pleaded with the public to stop stealing essential medical supplies from hospitals after nearly 200 bottles of hand sanitizer disappear

An irritated Dr. Rochford explained how such selfish actions by patients and visitors endangered the lives of doctors, nurses, other hospital workers and the sick

An irritated Dr. Rochford explained how such selfish actions by patients and visitors endangered the lives of doctors, nurses, other hospital workers and the sick

An irritated Dr. Rochford explained how such selfish actions by patients and visitors endangered the lives of doctors, nurses, other hospital workers and the sick

An empty shelf, once stacked with hand sanitiser, sits above soap in a Sydney pharmacy earlier this month. During the coronavirus crisis, the product is almost impossible to buy

An empty shelf, once stacked with hand sanitiser, sits above soap in a Sydney pharmacy earlier this month. During the coronavirus crisis, the product is almost impossible to buy

An empty shelf, once stacked with hand sanitiser, sits above soap in a Sydney pharmacy earlier this month. During the coronavirus crisis, the product is almost impossible to buy

The 40-year-old doctor said that people who stole essential supplies and protective equipment such as face masks and gloves put lives at risk.

He captioned the post, “Please don’t steal essential supplies and protective equipment from our hospitals. It protects us so we can protect you. Thanks.’

“I understand that everyone is afraid, everyone is stressed, but we have to leave the protective equipment in the hospitals,” said Dr. Rochford in the accompanying video.

He then held up a bottle of hand sanitizer, which is essential for good hygiene in the COVID-19 crisis and is scarce at supermarkets and drug stores.

“We started a shift with 200 of these, full,” said Dr. Rochford. At the end of the service, there were only 10 bottles left.

“We actually discovered that someone had emptied one of these bottles and filled it with water.

South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard said he was 'hurt' to hear of reports of theft of hand sanitizers, including tearing dispensers off walls

South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard said he was 'hurt' to hear of reports of theft of hand sanitizers, including tearing dispensers off walls

South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard said he was ‘hurt’ to hear of reports of theft of hand sanitizers, including tearing dispensers off walls

“So for an entire shift, there were medical workers who used their hands with water between patients.”

An annoyed Doctor Rochford explained how such selfish acts on the part of patients and visitors put the lives of doctors, nurses, other hospital workers and the sick at risk.

“You have to understand how dangerous that is, not just for other patients, but for us,” he said.

“We have to leave the masks, we have to leave the protective equipment in the hospitals.

“Because that not only endangers our lives, but also endangers everyone else’s.

“I get it, guys – everyone is scared and stressed. But it will be fine. Please leave the protective equipment in the hospitals. We need it. “

Brad Hazzard, Secretary of Health of New South Wales, said he was “hurt” to hear of reports of theft of hand sanitizers, including tearing dispensers off walls.

“I can’t think of anything horrible,” said Mr. Hazzard. “These are first-line workers who will keep you and your family alive.”

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