Pharmacy forms found on other side of city

Calvary Public Hospital, Bruce. Image: Calvary

Hospital pharmacy requisition documents for drugs of dependence have been found on the street in Canberra

Internal documents from Canberra’s Calvary Public Hospital Bruce have been found on the ground in Barton by a member of the public, the Canberra Times reports. Calvary Hospital is in the Belconnen district in Canberra’s north, while Barton is in the city’s inner south.

The documents were provided to Canberra Times reporter Daniella White. They refer to medication orders for two wards at the hospital in 2003 and include requisitions for drugs including Valium.

The Times reports that while the documents do not contain patient names or other details, they do include the names and signatures of pharmacists and nurses, as well as the quantity of medicines ordered.

A Calvary spokesperson told the Times that the organisation is investigating how the documents came to be on the street on the other side of Canberra.

“Calvary takes very seriously the privacy and confidentiality of all patient records as outlined in Calvary Privacy Policy drafted in conjunction with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner,” the spokeswoman said.

“The documents forwarded to Calvary are pharmacy requisitions not patient records and do not contain any patient information.

“Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is investigating this situation further, however at this time believes that this is an isolated incident and does not constitute a larger problem.

“Calvary Public Hospital Bruce will continue to ensure rigorous care is undertaken to ensure all documents, including patient information, are handled securely in accordance with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care standards.”

It’s the second time in two months that hospital pharmacy documents have gone astray around the country.

In September, a member of the public went for a morning walk around the old Royal Adelaide Hospital, just after the opening of the city’s new hospital site.

He found “dozens of boxes,” left unattended on a loading dock, which a spokesperson for the SA Salaried Medical Officers Association said likely contained patients’ personal information. There was no evidence, however, that documents had gone missing from the boxes.

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