Don’t bring valuables to the hospital

Eastbourne DGH District General Hospital . January 3rd 2013 E0103Q ENGSUS00120140201135018

Eastbourne DGH District General Hospital . January 3rd 2013 E0103Q ENGSUS00120140201135018

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Patients at the Eastbourne DGH have been warned not to bring valuables to the hospital after a number of thefts.

A Freedom of Information request revealed the hospital had 106 thefts in three years.

This put the hospital in joint tenth place on the list of most thefts in the country.

In response, Alice Webster, director of nursing, said at the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said, “Patients are advised not to keep any valuables with them whilst in hospital and are encouraged to ask a family member or trusted friend to take them home for them. The Trust’s security team makes every effort to minimise the risk of thefts and we have a number of measures in place to deter and prevent theft including CCTV, access controls on doors and a full time security team.”

A separate freedom of information request, for the whole of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which includes the DGH, Conquest and five community hospitals, revealed 73 items were reported stolen from January 1, 2014, to December 1, 2014.

This included 16 rings, two necklaces, two bracelets, two watches, 31 incidents of cash being stolen, three mobiles and a laptop. More unusual items included two microwaves, two cycle lights, a suitcase and a piece of crockery.

Four bicycles, two sets of janitorial supplies, two sets of clothing and two books also made the list.