THE personal details of 354 patients waiting for kidney transplants were stolen from the back of a car.
Shocked Royal Liverpool University Hospital patients were told a paper copy of the renal waiting list was taken from a locked boot while a member of the transplant team was on call.
It contained names, addresses, dates of birth and contact details as well as tissue and blood types.
One dialysis patient whose details were lost told the ECHO: “Obviously I was amazed that our details were going around on a paper copy. They should have been on an encrypted laptop.
“Why would such sensitive information ever be left in the boot of a car even if it was locked?
“Having to be on the waiting list is stressful enough without the thought that someone could be trying to access loans and credit cards in your name.
“I can’t fault the medical care I’ve received at the Royal but more care has to be taken with this kind of information.”
Hospital bosses said it was essential transplant team members carried the information.
Medical director Dr Peter Williams said: “Information was stolen from a member of our staff and this is regrettable.
“The theft was reported to the police who are investigating.
“We are concerned for our patients and are working with them and the police to resolve this.
“We have already reviewed procedures and put new measures in place to prevent an incident of this nature happening again. liverpool echo