AN investigation has been launched by a health board after confidential patient notes were found dumped on a street in Glasgow’s West End.

The notes include a surgical list with names, ages and details of gynaecological procedures carried out on female patients.

Another details the consultation history of a named patient with a case history including drug administered.

The notes were accompanied by student lecture notes.

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The patients were being treated at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and are dated from 2017. Other notes are specific to Murray Hospital and suggest they were written by a student on a work placement.

NHS Tayside said it has strict policies in place to safeguard patients’ confidentiality and has launched a full investigation.

The papers were handed in to the Evening Times by a member of the public after being found dumped at the bottom of Dowanhill Street near the recycling bins and will be sent on to NHS Tayside.

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A spokesman for the British Medical Association (BMA) which represents doctors, said: “All organisations – especially those that handle sensitive data like this – should have very systems in place, you would hope to prevent data being mishandled, misused, or getting into the public domain.”

A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said: “NHS Tayside has strict policies in place to safeguard patients’ confidentiality and documents containing information about patient’s names, ages and their clinical status should never be removed from the hospital apart from when it is needed for patient care.

“We take patient confidentiality and the safeguarding of patient information very seriously and we will launch a full investigation into this matter and take any appropriate action.”