Honiton GP surgery pleads for patients to stop stealing hand sanitiser

A doctors’ surgery in Honiton has issued a plea for patients to stop stealing its hand sanitiser amid a nationwide panic-buying shortage sparked by the coronavirus.

Staff at the practice in Marlpits Lane took to Twitter to make the request – saying ‘a number’ of bottles have been taken from waiting areas.

The antibacterial items have been flying off shelves around the UK, with many retailers rationing sales.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated to the country today that the ‘best thing’ people can do is wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.

Honiton Surgery tweeted in a ‘patient announcement’ this morning: “We are aware there is a national shortage of antibacterial hand gel/hand sanitiser.

“Please can we kindly ask our patients NOT to take bottles from the surgery.

“A number of bottles have been stolen from waiting areas in the last week.

“Thank you.”

Advice on coronavirus can be found on the surgery’s website.

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