NHS hospital running at reduced capacity following targeted burglary

The Hand Outpatients area at Royal Derby Hospital, which is part of the Pulvertaft Hand Centre, will be operating at a reduced capacity today (Tuesday 5 May) after equipment was stolen and damage caused during a break-in.

Four laptops were stolen, televisions were pulled off the walls and broken as well as further water damage being caused during the incident which took place at some point between 8.30pm on Monday 4 May and 7.30am on Tuesday 5 May 2020.

As a result, the Paediatric treatment area, the main therapy treatment area and a number of treatment cubicles will be closed for some time today while our teams work with colleagues from Derbyshire Police with their investigation.

Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive at UHDB, said: “This is very upsetting and disheartening for colleagues who are working extremely hard to continue to offer exceptional care to our patients and keep them safe at this time.

“We take a zero tolerance approach to theft and treat all such offences with the upmost severity. We are working closely with Derbyshire Constabulary to support their investigations.”

Inspector Keith Chambers of Derbyshire Constabulary said: “The targeted burglary of a hospital is sickening at any time – but with the current pressures the NHS faces is utterly deplorable.

“The service the Kings Treatment Centre provides is absolutely critical to our community and I have no doubt there are people out there with information about those responsible for this act.

“I would urge anyone who can help bring them to justice to contact us in confidence via our website, the force social media channels or the 101 number.”

If you have any information, please contact Derbyshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 20*227415.