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Presents from patients: when is accepting a Christmas gift not allowed?

Patients may want to show appreciation, but there are rules about gifts to staff

Patients may want to show appreciation, but there are rules about gifts to staff

  • According to the NMC code nurses must refuse ‘all but the most trivial gifts, favours or hospitalities’
  • Different employers and organisations may also have further policies on accepting gifts, and nurses who do not follow them would be in breach of contract
  • What to say when a patient offers a gift you cannot accept, including directing them to charitable trusts

Christmas is a time for giving, but when it comes to gifts from patients, the festive season can pose some challenges for nurses.

While some patients will want to give gifts as a genuine token

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