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Patients' data lost near hospital

Royal Bolton Hospital
The hospital assures patients their care will not have been affected

More than 1,000 patients of the Royal Bolton Hospital have been contacted after their personal details were lost near the hospital grounds.

The hospital said the documents fell from a waste container which was taking them to be destroyed on 30 January.

The documents contained the names, addresses and dates of birth of patients who had recently attended A&E and other departments.

The hospital has assured patients their care will not have been affected.

It said in a statement most of the data was recovered straight away, but the hospital has written to 1,300 patients to inform them of the incident.

David Fillingham, Trust Chief Executive, said: "I'm extremely sorry that this has happened.

"We take our responsibilities for maintaining patient confidentiality most seriously and so are very concerned by this incident."

He added: "We're pursuing this matter urgently with our contractor.

"I've set up an investigation team who are reviewing not only what happened in this case, but also all our processes for dealing with confidential waste as a further precaution".

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