A MEMBER of staff at Stafford Hospital who ‘went off on a frolic’ and photographed a patient against regulations has been suspended.
Director of nursing at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust said the incident was being investigated and a number of other members of staff were being interviewed.
“She went off on a frolic and took some photos of a patient on her mobile phone.
“A number of members of staff are being interviewed this week about the incident.”
Chief executive Lynn Hill-Tout said the incident was reported by another staff member and reported publicly at the trust board meeting yesterday as part of the organisations commitment to be open and honest.
An extract from the trust’s photographic, video and audio recording consent and confidentiality policy says: “All parties or projects involved with the photography of patients must be approved by senior clinical photographer and recorded within the medical illustration department register.
“There must be a fully justifiable purpose for photography to be carried out.”
It goes on to say that a full explanation of how and where the photographs will be used must be given to the patient and appropriate consent obtained before any photography takes place with the informed consent documented in the patient’s medical notes or by means of an official consent form.