Records still going missing - four months on

A DOCTOR who moved to Surrey two years ago is still receiving his patients details, four months after the Weston & Somerset Mercury first revealed the error.

A DOCTOR who moved to Surrey two years ago is still receiving his patients' details, four months after the Weston & Somerset Mercury first revealed the error.

Dr Peter Watkinson, who worked as a GP in the resort for 30 years, says he is 'disappointed' by latest administrative blunder.

He said: "The records I received last week involve a patient with serious condition who needs to be told as soon as possible so they do not infect anyone else."

"To say I am disappointed is an understatement."


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"There must be a solution because this problem never happens with Southmead or Bristol Royal Infirmary where I also used to send patients."

The GP, who now practices 140 miles away in Chobham, Surrey, used to work at New Court Surgery in the Boulevard.

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The Mercury was contacted by Dr Watkinson in October as he was concerned he was still being sent his former patients' details, despite moving to his new practice in 2005.

In December, the GP contacted the Mercury again after he received a former patient's says.

He added: "Sending letters to me causes a minimum 24 hours delay, often longer, before I can fax them through to my old surgery.

"Sooner or later someone will suffer as a result."

A spokesman for Weston Area Health Trust, which runs the hospital, said in October: "The Trust is continuing to work with its service providers, Fujitsu, to resolve this issue and is grateful to Dr Watkinson for his patience."

In December the trust said: "We apologise again for the inconvenience while we are undertaking this work, but would stress that his patients are being seen and treated in the hospital as usual.""

Last week the trust said: "We have nothing further to add to the previous statement.

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