Two pallets’ worth of pharmacy documents were left unsecured on a loading dock at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital
The Adelaide Advertiser reported that a man went for his morning walk near the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site when he came across “dozens of boxes” containing documents.
The boxes were left outside and unattended on a loading dock.
In a statement to the Advertiser sighted by the AJP, the Central Adelaide Local Health Network said that “CALHN is aware of an isolated issue regarding the collection of pharmacy documents during the hospital move, where two pallets of boxes remained on the loading dock at the old RAH overnight.
“Public access is now restricted at the old RAH, with security guards patrolling the site 24/7,” it advised.
“While some of the boxes included small amounts of patient information, there is no evidence documents are missing or that there has been a patient privacy breach.”
SA Salaried Medical Officers Association spokesman Dr David Pope told the Advertiser that it was likely the boxes contained personal information such as names, addresses and Medicare numbers.
This could be not only a breach of privacy regarding medical information, but also put patients at risk of identity theft, he said.
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital on Port Road was officially opened on September 5, though it had seen its first patient in mid-August.
The new facility includes initiatives such as robotic dispensing and delivery described as “cutting edge” by SA Health Minister Jack Snelling.