September 18, 2008

Health Board Inquiry As Medical Notes Found in Ex-Employee’s Flat


SCOTLAND'S largest health board has launched an investigation after medical notes relating to dozens of patients were found in the empty flat of a former employee.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said initial findings suggested that the historical medical records of 39 patients had been recovered on Monday from the former home of a community healthcare worker who no longer worked for the board.

The records contain information about patients who were treated between 2002 and 2004.

The board said it had launched an inquiry and was trying to contact the patients involved.

It did not say in which community the former employee worked, but said the flat was in Glasgow.

Marian Stewart, deputy director of health information and technology, said: "We are extremely concerned to learn of yesterday's discovery of patient records in an unoccupied Glasgow flat.

"We have already sought advice from police authorities and they are assisting us in taking forward out investigations."

Ms Stewart expressed her gratitude to the member of the public "for acting responsibly in promptly returning the records" .

The discovery s the latest in a series of patient-related data to be found or mislaid .

New controls on computerised data storage were introduced at NHS Dumfries and Galloway in August after equipment containing patients sensitive details was lost.

The previous month, NHS Lanarkshire launched an investigation after confidential patient information - including X-rays with names, photographs and other paperwork - was found at the derelict Law Hospital, near Carluke.

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

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