Drugs, juice and uniforms in NHS haul

Blackpool Victoria Hospital
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An ultrasound probe, a heart monitor and painkilling drugs are just some of the major items stolen by thieves from Blackpool’s NHS in the past five years.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed there were 34 separate incidents of theft from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust between 2008 and 2013.

It includes the probe, which was taken from a manager’s office in 2008/09, the blood pressure monitor taken from off the site, a blood collection kit taken from an office in 2012/13, and 100 capsules of 50mg tramadol painkillers taken from a recovery room in 2010 /11. Every year except 2010/11 uniforms have been stolen from the trust as well as various audio visual equipment, including a Freeview box and two USB sticks in 2008/9, a laptop from the site and a stereo from the rehab gym in 2009/10.

Debbie Mathlouthi, health and safety manager and local security management specialist at the trust, said: “Sadly there are people out there who look to steal items from the Trust and we take great care to make sure we keep these incidents to a minimum.

“We take our security role very seriously and have extensive CCTV coverage and a 24-hour security team who protect our sites.

“When incidents are reported we investigate them thoroughly and will endeavour to pursue charges against all individuals who are caught.

“Staff are reminded regularly about the importance of keeping their work areas secure.”

In 2011/12 computer equipment was taken from an education room and a television Freeview box was taken from a ward area.

And last year an iPad worth £200 and a laptop were stolen, as well as two portable DVD units from the Speech and Language Unit.

Lead has also been stolen from the roof of a trust building, a walking frame has been taken and someone stole a toaster.

Over the five-year period nine bottles of squash were taken in one incident and a starter motor was taken from a car park.

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