Six computers and a hard-drive have gone missing from NHS Lanarkshire buildings since 2008.
Specialist equipment, a variety of potentially deadly drugs and a cabinet containing school health records are some of the other more concerning items to have been either stolen or lost at the health board’s hospitals and medical centres.
In the list of missings items are four benches, a CCTV monitor, wheelchairs, nine sections of metal fencing, the end plate of a trampoline and contact lenses were also noted as AWOL.
More than £6700 cash was also misplaced or stolen, along with a number of purses, wallets and bank cards.
NHS Lanarkshire have said that patient confidentially would not have been compromised by the potential theft of the six computers and laptops reported missing during the three years.
In replying to our Freedom of Information request, the health board said: “NHS Lanarkshire undertook an exercise to encrypt all laptops and can confirm that the missing laptops were fully encrypted. For all desktop computers, which are not encrypted, an exercise has been completed to remove all information from hard drives and store this on central servers. In addition, the IT systems do not allow users to store anything to the computer’s hard drive.
“This provides added security to NHS Lanarkshire in that should any computers be lost or stolen there will be no information held on the hard drive.”
Medical equipment reported as missing during the three-year period included a fibre-optic layngoscope, an auriscope, a syringe driver, a sphygmomanometer-stethescope, a telemetry unit and a number of hearing aids.
NHS Lanarkshire said: “We have robust procedures in place governing the loss of any date or equipment lost or stolen.
“All incidents must be reported so that a full investigation can take place.”