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Medical Records Security Breach

September 16, 2008 4:05 PM

A full investigation has been launched into a breach of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s very strict procedures for the management of confidential patient information.

Our initial findings suggest that the historical medical notes of 39 patients have been recovered from the former home of a community healthcare worker who no longer works for NHSGGC. The records relate to treatment given to patients between 2002 and 2004 and regrettably include patient identifiable details.

We are urgently attempting to trace the whereabouts of the former employee and are also reviewing the records to establish contact with the individual patients concerned.

Marian Stewart, Depute Director of Health Information and Technology, said: “We have very strict policies and procedures regarding the security of patient records which requires all staff, whether in hospital or community settings, to ensure that records are securely stored after use. On appointment every employee receives a statement of their responsibilities in the maintenance of confidentiality and must confirm their acceptance of these guidelines.

“We are therefore 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 our investigations.

“I would like to record my thanks to a member of the local community for acting responsibly and promptly returning the records to the care of NHS staff.”


ENDS

For more information please contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.

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