Chief nurse apologises after A&E staff caught playing 'patient bingo'

Hospital chief apologises after staff were caught playing ‘Halloween bingo’ on busy A&E ward with points won for spotting spiking victims or patients with ‘sexy’ fancy dress

  • Staff seen playing ‘patient bingo’ in A&E department at Leeds General Infirmary
  • Chief nurse Lisa Grant apologised and said ‘appropriate action’ will now be taken
  • Bingo card labelled patients ‘Spiked’, ‘Stabby McStabberson’ and ‘Squid Game’ 
  • Other categories referenced potential MDMA overdose and ‘projectile vomming’

A chief NHS nurse has been forced to apologise after A&E staff were caught playing a ‘disgusting’ game of Halloween ‘patient bingo’ – in which they scored points for spotting spiking victims. 

A printed out A4 bingo card showed how staff at Leeds General Infirmary were urged to tick off boxes which categorised patients as ‘Spiked’, ‘Stabby McStabberson’ and ‘NFA not actual costume’ – believed to refer to homeless people. 

Another category saw staff win a bonus point if they spotted a patient wearing a ‘sexy’ costume from the hit Netflix show Squid Game – while others referenced overdosing on MDMA and ‘projectile vomming’. 

The twisted game was played while spiking incidents surged across the country as young women claimed they were injected with needles in bars and night clubs.    

A whistleblower who saw staff playing the ‘patient bingo’ said they needed to be ‘held to account for this disgusting and unprofessional behaviour’.

The card was spotted by friend of an A&E patient who made a formal complaint to the hospital. 

A printed out A4 bingo card (pictured) showed how staff at Leeds General Infirmary were urged to tick off boxes which categorised patients as ‘Spiked’, ‘Stabby McStabberson’ and ‘NFA not actual costume’ – believed to refer to homeless people

Chief Nurse Lisa Grant said the behaviour by A&E staff at Leeds General Infirmary was unacceptable and that ‘appropriate action’ would be taken 

Chief nurse Lisa Grant apologised for the offence caused and said ‘appropriate action’ will now be taken against those involved in playing the game.

The whistleblower said: ‘Unfortunately, I ended up in A&E at the Leeds General Infirmary over Halloween weekend.

‘I noticed that the staff were playing a game of “patient bingo”, where they scored points for seeing patients wearing certain Halloween costumes.

‘This would be bad enough by itself, but the bingo sheet awarded points for things like seeing “sexy” patients, and made light of homeless people and patients who may have been spiked.

‘I have complained to the hospital directly about this, but am waiting to hear back for a response.

‘I think the hospital needs to be held to account for this disgusting and unprofessional behaviour.’

The whistleblower said the bingo sheet was visible to anybody entering the A&E department.

Categories on the sheet were: Squid Game: Bonus Point Sexy Squid Game, Sexy Profession, Spiked, You’re a wizard, Harry!, Fisherprice my first MDMA, Real Blood/Fake Blood, NFA Not actual costume, Neon, Sexy Animal, The Exorcist projectile vomming, Harleyquinn, Superhero, Halloween Otley Run, Pumpkin, Angel or Devil, Stabby Mcstabberson.

The whistleblower added: ‘[The game] was just lying on a desk where anyone could see it.

‘I guess it just felt really wrong and I was shocked that the staff would be making a joke out of things as serious as being shot or being spiked, especially since this has been a big problem recently.

The whistleblower said the bingo sheet was visible to anybody entering the A&E department at Leeds General Infirmary (pictured)

‘I was also pretty disgusted that they made a joke about homeless people looking like they’re in Halloween costumes, as Leeds has a pretty big homeless problem.

‘These are the people we turn to when we’re in need, and they were openly mocking the people they’re supposed to be helping.’

Chief Nurse Lisa Grant said the behaviour was unacceptable.

She said: ‘I apologise for the offence caused by this behaviour in our emergency department at Leeds General Infirmary.

‘We are extremely disappointed and dismayed that this has happened in one of our hospitals.

‘This is clearly unacceptable, and we are taking the appropriate action with those involved.

‘We are reminding all colleagues that such behaviours and activities have absolutely no place in our Trust.’

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