Confidential patient information found in Somerset house

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Media captionConfidential patient information was found at a house in Taunton, Somerset

A woman whose private medical details were found during a house clearance has described the discovery as "unnerving".

June Gripton, who lives in Somerset and underwent treatment for cancer at Musgrove Park Hospital in June, said she was really worried after the find.

The hospital has apologised and is investigating how the papers came to be at the cottage in Taunton, where two doctors were living at the time.

It said it was trying to find out which patients had been affected.

A statement from deputy medical director Tim Jobson said: "We have been informed of this incident and have immediately launched an internal investigation.

"Musgrove Park Hospital takes any potential loss of patient information extremely seriously and have asked for the documents to be returned to us so that we can complete our investigations.

"We wish to apologise to any patients affected by this. Once we have established which patients have been affected we will be contacting them directly to apologise and discuss the actions that we will be taking."

'Extra stress'

Image caption June Gripton, who underwent treatment for cancer in June, said the discovery was really worrying

"This is supposed to be private and confidential," Ms Gripton said.

"They know that I'm suffering with cancer and that I'm undergoing chemotherapy. I've also got to have radiotherapy.

"That in itself is a very worrying time and now I have had this extra stress, which has upset me."

Bogdan Tobiasiewicz from Taunton House Clearance found the papers after agreeing to clear the property of rubbish for £120.

"This stuff should have been shredded securely by the hospital, not thrown in black bin liners in a domestic situation," said Mr Tobiasiewicz.

Musgrove Park Hospital said any patients who had any concerns abut the incident could call its Patient Advice and Liaison Team on 01823 343536, or email them directly.

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