Jewellery and money reported missing by Barrow hospital’s patients
Last updated at 16:55, Thursday, 22 August 2013
JEWELLERY, cash, dentures, spectacles, footwear and a hearing aid are among the items reported by Furness General Hospital patients as lost or stolen.
A freedom of information request to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust has revealed the bizarre range of items that have been reported as missing by patients during their stays at FGH. The missing items stretch back to August 1, 2009 when jewellery was reported as missing from Abbey View at the hospital. The most recent case listed was footwear reported as missing from the hospital’s theatre on May 23.
Of the 28 items reported as lost or stolen, seven were amounts of money, nine were items of jewellery, three were pairs of dentures, two were pairs of spectacles and two were watches. One item of clothing, footwear, a mobile phone, a pen and a hearing aid were also reported as lost or stolen. In the cases involving money, no amounts were available.
Seven items were reported as missing from the hospital’s Ward 7.
UHMBT said all items are reported as missing and it is not clear whether items are lost or stolen.
George Nasmyth, medical director at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We take the security of our patients’ possessions extremely seriously and that is why we ask them not to bring anything valuable into hospital with them.
“If a patient’s possession goes missing while they are in our hospitals, they should report it to the ward staff immediately.
“Instances like this will also be reported by ward staff via the trust’s incident reporting system, which automatically informs senior staff in that area for them to investigate as appropriate.
“Should a valuable item go missing which can’t be found, ward staff would report it to the police and work with them to try to find out what happened.”
First published at 16:17, Thursday, 22 August 2013
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Is this not the reason they say they have fitted CCTV everywhere ?Of course not , its being used to spy on the staff. Silly me.