Radhika Ramasamy lost the diamond ring given to her by her husband after putting it in the pocket of her scrubs before giving a patient a spinal anaesthetic in early December.
The consultant anaesthetist at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust handed the scrubs in to be washed after her shift, forgetting the ring was still inside.
Scrubs often transfer hospitals after going through the laundry. In this case, the scrubs bearing Ms Ramasamy’s ring ended up nearly 100 miles away.
Five days later, Suraj Shah, an anaesthetics registrar based at the Royal Free Hospital (RFH) in London, discovered the ring in his newly-laundered green scrubs ahead of his ICU shift.
He said: “As I put the scrubs on something clattered to the floor and a colleague spotted the ring and alerted me. At first I thought maybe one of the nurses here had lost the ring and I put the word out through the nurse in charge.
“I checked with the doctors as well but nothing so I contacted our facilities team.
“I knew how downhearted my wife would be if she’d lost a ring that had sentimental value to her so that was in the back of my mind. As healthcare workers we often take off rings for procedures, so it’s an easy mistake to make.”
The RFH facilities department contacted the laundry team to see whether anyone had reported a missing ring.
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