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Patients' records stolen from outside GP surgery

By Steve Nowottny

A van full of confidential patient test results as well as blood and urine samples was this week stolen from outside a GP practice in Kent.

The East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust delivery van, which links local surgeries with the William Harvey hospital in Ashford, was stolen from the Central doctor's surgery in Cheriton Road, Folkestone, early on Monday afternoon.

A trust spokesman said: ‘We are concerned because patients are waiting for both their test results, and also the samples they have given need to be tested so that any illness can be identified as speedily as possible and any necessary treatment started.'

The white Ford Connect van, registration number GK56 OGU, also contained 25 sample pots with preserving fluid which could be potentially hazardous if opened, the spokesman said.

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