UK: Patients contacted after data loss at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Kevin Core reports:

Confidential patient records have been stolen from a local hospital. Now Huddersfield patients have been contacted by the hospital trust after the theft of a laptop sparked a security scare.

Around 1,500 patients yesterday received a letter from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, which told them that their details were among those that may have been accessed when the computer was stolen from Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.

Hospital bosses say the theft took place at the end of November and the device, which formed part of a machine which scans skeletal muscles, was in a locked office at the time.

The letter reads: “You had tests on this machine which does contain some personal information, names dates of birth and addresses.”

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