Security worries at Romford hospital
A QUEEN’S Hospital patient has claimed secure areas on the site where cleaning chemicals are stored can be easily accessed – because security codes for keypads are written on the doors.
Alan Lamb spent three weeks in the Romford hospital after having stones removed from his liver.
During his stay the 32-year-old says he discovered keypad codes for rooms containing cleaning supplies were written on or above the doors themselves after a member of staff had asked Mr Lamb to unlock a door for him.
The full-time carer said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the codes written above the doors. They’re supposed to be secured and locked, but what’s the point of having them if the codes are written right there?
“Anyone could get in and get their hands on what’s in there, or leave something there. It’s a real security issue.”
Mr Lamb, of Crescent Road, Dagenham, who is married to Catherine, 37, says he spotted at least two supply cupboards which can be accessed easily by members of the public.
The father-of-one says one of the cupboards is in a hallway. The second is behind a door which is unmarked and unlocked and has the coded door behind it.
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The hospital’s cleaning is done by Sodexo. A spokesman for the company said: “Cleaning cupboards are situated away from patients’ areas, which have unmarked doors. However, we are currently investigating the matter.”