UK: Confidential hospital records found at Norwich supermarket

Sarah Hall reports:

Hospital records containing highly confidential information about vulnerable patients have been found outside a city supermarket by a member of the public.

Personal and clinical details of 11 elderly patients at the new rehabilitation unit at Norwich Community Hospital were on the ward handover sheets, which pass on key health needs of patients from one shift to another…. Details on the three sheets regarded patients who were in Alder Ward over a four-day period at the Bowthorpe Road unit and included names, ages and dates of admission; medical diagnosis and operation details and dates; medical history; nursing care received; therapy needed and details of discharge.

Some of the discharge notes state whether the patient lives alone, details of next of kin and how mobile the patient is.

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