An NHS trust in the UK has written to its patients to apologise after a number of laptops were stolen from a hospital in London.
According to the website of St George’s Healthcare Trust, three of the six laptops stolen contained patient information, including name, date of birth and postcode.
The computers were taken on the weekend between Friday 6 June and Monday 9 June, from a locked cabinet in the hospital’s cardiac management offices.
The trust’s website said:
“The Trust acknowledges that the patient data should not have been stored on laptops. However, this was done as a temporary measure while computer network problems were being rectified. The laptops were also all password protected, stored in a secure room and locked cabinet.
“St George’s takes its duty to protect patients’ personal information very seriously and the Trust has written to all members of staff reminding them of the correct way to store patient data and information on how to make sure personal details are as secure as possible.”