Ex-nurse fined £400 for breach
A FORMER nurse at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been prosecuted for accessing patients’ medical records without authorisation.
Clare Lawson, who had been a staff nurse on the hospital’s rehabilitation ward since October 2011, had accessed patients’ medical records outside her role.
The court heard that Lawson had inappropriately accessed the records of five patients, 17 times.
She also accessed a further 109 records of 18 patients, of which one was a child. The activity occurred between 2014 and 2016.
She was dismissed in September 2017 for gross misconduct.
Lawson, of Southport, appeared before magistrates in Bootle on 24 September and admitted unlawfully obtaining and disclosing personal data, in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. She was fined £400 and was also ordered to pay costs of £364.08 and a victim surcharge of £40.