Hospital security review after thefts

A HOSPITAL has said it is reviewing security after two laptop computers were stolen from its premises.

Anthony Bond

A HOSPITAL has said it is reviewing security after two laptop computers were stolen from its premises.

Thieves broke into St Clements Hospital in Ipswich at some point between last Friday evening and Monday morning and stole the two laptops as well as a small amount of cash.

A spokesman for the hospital, on Foxhall Road, said last night no patient information was held on the computers, which instead contained training material. Suffolk police are now investigating.

Robert Nesbitt, spokesman at St Clements Hospital, said the thieves broke into a filing cabinet.

“We are reviewing our security and we are just pleased that staff followed procedures and did not put any patient information on the laptops.

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“We do take security extremely seriously, especially patient information and it is something that is drilled into all staff and it is gratifying to know that the staff followed procedures to make sure that no information was on there.”

Mr Nesbitt said it was disappointing that thieves would steal from a hospital.

“Obviously we are here to provide a service to the public and so it is very disappointing that people might want to target the NHS which is there to serve everybody in Suffolk.”

Items stolen during the burglary included two Hewlett Packard Compaq laptops, a cash box and a small quantity of cash.

The burglary took place between 5.20pm last Friday and 7.30am on Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pc Nikki Holley at Ipswich police station on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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