Bike ban nurse to report on bicycle safety

Earlier this month, district nurse Kathy Archer was handed a cycling ban by her employers because riding a bike was deemed to be a "health and safety in the workplace" issue. The ban may be relaxed soon and Archer is to join a working group tasked with finding out how safe - or dangerous - cycling would be for a district nurse.
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Archer told the Nursing Standard: "In the beginning I thought they would not let me continue but now I think the [Primary Care Trust] will allow me to ride my bike at work."

She is to examine the supposed hazards of cycling as part of a working group set by her employer, the Bournemouth Teaching Primary Care Trust.

Archer wants to get back on her bike and show others it's a safe, quick and health-promoting activity.

"I have had a great deal of support from other professionals and local people," she said.

A spokesman for the Bournemouth Trust said: "The growing number of physical assaults on NHS staff means sensible precautions may need to be taken when community nursing staff are working in higher risk areas."

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