Health bosses in Huddersfield have sacked two staff members for posting offensive Tweets.

The nurse and a healthcare worker have been sacked by the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and the Calderdale Royal Hospital.

They were caught Tweeting about patients. A third nurse working for another Trust has also been caught up in the row.

The staff joked on Twitter about patients’ anatomies and toilet habits, while another nurse at another hospital uploaded an image of herself wearing hospital incontinence pads over her uniform when she was supposed to be working.

The local staff were named in reports as nurse Julie Dyde, from Halifax, and healthcare worker Rachel Keys.

The other nurse was named as Caroline Luxford-Noyes.

The three women joked about being too hungover to work after they had been drinking heavily the night before.

Mrs Keys, 36, who works for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, said she was ‘trying not to vomit’ and her colleague Miss Dyde described nearly vomiting while performing CPR on a patient.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
 

Mrs Keys complained about being at a ‘higher risk of dying’ than her patients, to which Miss Dyde replied: ‘It was a toss up between you and bed 6.’

Miss Dyde posted a picture of the three sticking their tongues out, with the comment, ‘we’re a bit drunk’.

Mrs Keys and Miss Dyde made a series of insensitive jokes about patients which would have been visible to Mrs Keys’s 7,000 followers.

Other comments posted included:

Miss Dyde, going by the name of Wardminion, complained about having to go to work and said: ‘If you live in the Halifax/Huddersfield area please try not to have a stroke. Much appreciated.’

When mother-of-four Mrs Keys had a day off Miss Dyde said: ‘I will be at work trying not to strangle people with suction tubing.’

In another tweet Miss Dyde, who admits she ‘should have spent longer “learning” compassion’, complained about patients using the nurse call buzzer, and said: ‘97yo or not, use it again and I will hurt you.’

Miss Dyde described one patient as looking like a corpse while Mrs Keys described another as ‘sheet white, bog eyed [and] p****d’.

The three Twitter accounts have since been deleted.

Owen Williams, chief executive of the Calderdale and Huddersfield Trust, said: “Two members of staff were excluded pending a thorough investigation as soon as the content of the tweets was brought to our notice.

“Following the investigations there were disciplinary hearings within the Trust’s disciplinary procedure and both employees were dismissed.”

A spokesman for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, where Miss Luxford-Noyes works, said the tweets were “clearly inappropriate, misguided and in breach of our social media policy”.