Mum banned from visiting hospitals for posting pictures of ’empty’ wards


 

Hannah Dean, 30, is now only allowed to visit a hospital in an emergency or for an appointment (Picture: Solent News and Photo Agency) 


A mum-of-two who posted pictures of empty beds and claimed the Government was ‘lying’ about the extent of the pandemic has been banned from visiting all hospitals. From this week Hannah Dean, 30, is only allowed to visit a hospital in an emergency, for a booked appointment, or if she is a dependent of a patient. She faces arrest, fines of up to £2,500 and possible criminal prosecution if she breaches the notice. Dean, who lives in Fareham, Hampshire, repeatedly visited St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, and Southampton General Hospital – both of which are 20 miles from her home. Her latest offence came on Sunday when she travelled to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, where she posted footage on Facebook saying it was ‘the quietest I’ve ever seen it’. She was approached by security who asked her ‘what are you doing here, Hannah?’ before she was given a £200 fine. The most recent statistics show that 426 patients were being treated for coronavirus at Queen Alexandra Hospital, and the intensive care unit was three times its normal size with 47 patients on mechanical ventilation. 


So far 744 people have died with Covid-19 at the hospital. She posted pictures and videos of empty beds on Facebook, claiming the Government was ‘lying’ about the extent of the pandemic Some 426 patients were being treated for coronavirus at Queen Alexandra Hospital last week, and the intensive care unit was triple its normal size Police forces from Hampshire and Sussex have been carrying out a joint investigation since Dean ignored the fines and warnings, leading to the Asbo-style punishment. Chief inspector Jon Carter, from Sussex Police, said her actions were ‘unacceptable’.


 ‘There are a variety of tactics of dealing with this kind of unacceptable behaviour,’ he said. ‘We are working together with Hampshire Constabulary to ensure the best avenues to deter this behaviour from continuing are taken.’ Dean, who is from Fareham, repeatedly visited hospitals and filmed patients and staff She has now been issued with an Asbo-style order and could face fines of up to £2,500 if she breaches it (Picture: Solent News and Photo Agency) Portsmouth Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘It’s an irrefutable fact that there’s huge pressure on the hospital.


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