The Soho clinic, an NHS service run by the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, accidentally sent an e-newsletter yesterday that revealed details of more than 700 patients.
It has now contacted all the patients whose details were sent out, it said in a series of apologetic tweets.
A newsletter about services at 56 Dean Street was sent to an email group rather than individuals. We are so sorry this has happened [...]— 56 Dean Street (@56deanstreet) September 2, 2015
We’ve contacted everybody who’s affected to apologise and offer support [...]— 56 Dean Street (@56deanstreet) September 2, 2015
56 Dean Street wants to offer the best care possible. This error means we’ve not met our usual standards [...]— 56 Dean Street (@56deanstreet) September 2, 2015
Once again, we are very sorry that this has happened [...]— 56 Dean Street (@56deanstreet) September 2, 2015
If you’re worried you can call 020 3315 9555 and 020 3315 9594 to speak to a member of our team.— 56 Dean Street (@56deanstreet) September 2, 2015
Separately, health secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday commissioned a review of the effectiveness of current approaches to patient data security by NHS organisations.
It was a busy day on the data front, with WHSmith also in hot water after what a statement the retailer said was "a bug not a data breach" resulted in some online customers receiving emails containing other users' data.
The statement, which was posted on WHSmith's Facebook page but not on Twitter, said: "We can confirm that this issue has not impacted or compromised any customer passwords or payment details and we apologise to the customers concerned."