Confidential patient records lost at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital last year
The HSE has said that action has been taken to avoid a repeat scenario after it emerged that a number of confidential patient records were lost at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda last year.
According to a report in today’s Irish Independent, three separate incidents were reported to sensitive patients documents being lost or found near the hospital grounds during February and March 2016.
In February, wind scattered documents being carried by a staff member between buildings at the hospital. Two pages were never recovered.
Later that month a hand-written note containing a patient’s personal details was found in a waiting room and in March a document containing information relating to 13 patients was found “in the vicinity of the hospital grounds.”
In October files belonging to the child and family agency Tusla were found by Hiqa in an empty building that was in the process of being renovated for use by the charity Rehab.
The HSE said that the records could not have been accessed by members of the public and a review of the incident was undertaken with the aim of ensuring that the same mistake does not happen again.
The cases at the Lourdes Hospital are some of 212 cases of data protection breaches involving sensitive information held by the HSE last year.