Hospital inquiry into data shock

PUBLISHED: 10:45 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

A HOSPITAL responsible for the medical data found strewn across residents gardens has opened up an urgent inquiry . A large amount of the confidential data found in Coopers Lane, Northaw was from Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust in Leytonston

A HOSPITAL responsible for the medical data found strewn across residents' gardens has opened up an "urgent inquiry".

A large amount of the confidential data found in Coopers Lane, Northaw was from Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust in Leytonstone, East London.

Due to the classified nature of the medical documents that contained patients' reference numbers and addresses, a helpline was set up for people concerned about their information.

A hospital spokeswoman said: "We have an investigation ongoing.

"The trust retrieved the information found by residents in Northaw; these were outpatients' outcome sheets, which contain the patient's name, hospital number and general clinic attended.

"The information concerns a very small number of people who attended our outpatients department and the trust is contacting each one as a matter of priority."

n As exclusively reported in last week's WHT, homeowners woke to find medical details scattered along their road by passing vans.

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