Published September 10, 2009
| London Times
Seven doctors and nurses have been suspended from duty in a hospital emergency department after taking part in the latest internet craze: the Lying Down Game.
Participants are required to post photographs of themselves lying face down, arms neatly by their sides, in various unlikely situations on Facebook, the social networking website.
The medical staff, who were working an overnight shift at the hospital in Swindon, England, on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15, took it in turns to be photographed on gurneys, ward floors and the building’s helipad.
More than 18 staff were pictured on a Facebook page set up by the Secret Swindon Emergency Department Group. The seven staff members are considered to have breached health and safety and infection control regulations and face disciplinary proceedings. They were suspended on full pay after managers at the Great Western Hospital were alerted to the prank.
The Lying Down Game became popular worldwide this summer when pictures were published of participants lying on ironing boards, cars, inside a jet engine and even on top of a life-size sculpture of a bear. The game's Facebook group has more than 54,000 members from around the world.
The prank at the accident and emergency unit at the Great Western Hospital has turned into a “nightmare” for those involved, according to an employee of the Swindon NHS Trust. He said: “The person who started it is really worried. It reflects badly on the department and some people may lose their jobs. It was just some nurses and doctors on nights having fun, but photos got on to Facebook and management found out.”
The Secret Swindon Emergency Department Group has since been removed by Facebook.Click here for more on this story from the Times of London.