A woman in has spoken of her relief after her sensitive medical history was recovered, having originally believed it had been sent to a “random” house in error.
Lisa Rooney, from Forfar, was informed by a doctor at the Whitehill Health Centre her records had been sent to an address in Dundee.
A Tele investigation has now discovered the document never reached the unknown address.
The 29-year-old visited the surgery about an operation earlier last week.
She said the appointment was about a procedure to be carried out at either Perth Royal Infirmary or Ninewells Hospital.
But she was told by a doctor the letter and a number of recent scans had been sent to an address in Dundee.
Amid the confusion, Lisa spent days worrying her confidential medical data had been shared when it should not have been.
Lisa said: “I was absolutely devastated.
“I could understand if someone by the same name as me living in the same street was sent the letter in error.
“It’s an entirely different place, miles away from my home.”
“I was given a verbal apology from the doctor.
“This could have been a major breach of sensitive data.
“I just don’t understand how they got it so wrong.
“I’ve lived at my address for almost three years, so it’s not as if I’ve moved in recently.
“The doctor asked me if I knew the person to whom the letter was addressed.
“It’s horrifying to think this may have landed on someone else’s doorstep.
“They could have opened the letter without fully registering who it was for.
“The content of the letter has information that only my closest family are aware of.
“It’s a relief to know now that it wasn’t sent.
A spokesman for NHS Tayside said: “Due to patient confidentiality, we are unable to comment on matters relating to individual patients.
“NHS Tayside takes the security of information very seriously and would encourage the patient to contact us by emailing the information governance team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone on 01382 424436.”