Needles, drugs and even a fridge are among the items recently stolen from North Wales hospitals.
Almost 100 items ranging from hub caps to a birthday present have been reported stolen from hospital sites run by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board since the start of 2015, according to figures released following a Freedom of Information request by the Daily Post.
Of the 98 recorded items taken, just four have been recovered, with the fate of the remaining items listed as “unknown”.
A spokesman for the health board said: “We do our utmost to keep patient and staff property safe within all our hospitals.
“Sadly, whilst these incidents are infrequent, things do occasionally go missing.
“We strongly advise patients not to bring valuables into hospital and to keep their belongings safe, and whenever possible to send them home.
“We also advise staff to use lockers for their belongings where possible, to keep their belongings out of sight and offices locked when unoccupied.
“We sympathise with people who lose items and take swift action to assist and recover whatever we can.”
There has been a slight increase in the number of reported thefts over the three-year period, with 26 items reported stolen in 2015, 35 in 2016, and 37 up to November 2017.
Most of the recorded thefts involved cash being swiped, clothing taken or phones stolen.
Other snatched items include unused needles and blood bottles, alcohol gel, vending machine supplies and a birthday gift.
There were also reports of five boxes of Diazepan, cleaning chemicals, an auriscope and a fridge.
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