This BBC article reported that hospital staff at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth had been secretly feeding pills to patients by hiding them in their meals and ice cream.

The report came after inspectors saw one patient being fed antibiotics in ice cream "covertly without the patient's knowledge".

Two more patients secretly had their medicines mixed with meals, with no care planning ore reports to support the practice. The hospital was given a formal warning by the CQC.


The findings caused an open debate of the complex boundaries of covert medication; prompting discussions on when medication can be administered covertly and what assessments and planning must be in place.

The Pharmaceutical Journal produced a detailed and exemplary response covering all of this here.