Northern Trust confirms Ballymena Health Centre burglary but have not commented on whether patient information was compromised by alleged theft of ‘private letters’

Ballymena Health and Care Centre.

HEALTH chiefs have confirmed they have been working with police following a burglary at Ballymena Health and Care Centre but have not commented on whether or not any patient information was compromised.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court, in recent days, it emerged a man is currently charged with burglary at the Cushendall Road site in the town in which, according to the charge sheet, “private letters” were allegedly stolen.

‘Ballymena Daily’ asked the Northern Health Trust a number of questions including if they could confirm the number and nature of the ‘private letters’ and if they contained any sensitive or confidential information about patients.

We also asked if the letters were taken out of the building and if so – had they been recovered.

Furthermore, we asked if patients had been contacted by doctors or the Trust about the matter.

In response to our questions, a spokesperson for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust said they “can confirm that we are aware of a burglary in Ballymena Health and Care Centre on 19 May and have been working with the PSNI in relation to this incident.”

The short statement added: “As this is a live court case, the Trust cannot comment any further on this case.”

 

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