Patients 'drinking alcohol hand gel'
19 November 2012 Last updated at 22:26 GMT
A number of hospitals in the north of England have removed hand gel from public areas because some patients and visitors are drinking it for its alcoholic content.
The gel, which is used to reduce the spread of hospital infections, contains up to 80% alcohol.
There are fears that as a result, infection rates could actually increase because of a shortage of the gel.
Sharon Barbour reports.