Thieves steal computers from hospital

NINE computers worth thousands of pounds have been stolen from Hinchingbrooke Hospital, resulting in a review of the department's security. The computers were taken from Huntingdon Primary Care Trust's Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy department on the Hinc

NINE computers worth thousands of pounds have been stolen from Hinchingbrooke Hospital, resulting in a review of the department's security. The computers were taken from Huntingdon Primary Care Trust's Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy department on the Hinchingbrooke Hospital site between the hours of 5.40pm on Wednesday, December 14, and 6.30am on Thursday, December 15.Sarah Saul, service manager said: "We are astounded that individuals have stolen IT equipment that is vital to providing patient care. The sudden loss of 50 per cent of our IT caused significant challenges to the department the next day. "We took immediate action with Hinchingbrooke Hospital to review the department's security and that work is ongoing with them. I can reassure our patients that there was no patient information stored on these computers."The IT department of Hinchingbrooke Hospital provided temporary solutions while replacement equipment was organised.The department is open between 8am and 5pm. Outside these times, the department is locked.A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: "There were no signs of a forced entry."The police would like to speak to anyone who may have been offered any cheap second hand computers.INFORMATION: Anyone with information should contact Dc Karin Smith at Huntingdon police station on 0845 4564564 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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