Break-in closes medical centre

URANGAN Medical Centre was forced to shut its doors to patients for most of yesterday following an overnight break-in.

The offenders entered the Pier Street building on Monday night, where they ransacked the premises and stole a small amount of cash and some medication.

Dr Hamd Rehman said drugs like morphine and pethidine could not be stolen, so it had been a “pointless exercise” for the crooks.

“The drugs that they were looking for, who keeps these on the premises? Nobody does,” Dr Rehman said.

“These people are senseless.

“They were well equipped – everything has been searched very well.

“But the stupid people; the first thing we noticed was that they took patient injections which were mainly cortisone and vitamins.”

The offenders entered through a back door, cutting their way through a security screen and smashing a window.

Dr Rehman said every doctor’s room, treatment room, the front reception area and even the cleaner’s cupboards were raided.

The power was also cut, which meant the computer system had to be rebooted yesterday.

“The worst part was that they wasted so many hours.

“Everything was a mess.

“We couldn’t start work before lunch.

The staff were still counting how much stock had been stolen yesterday afternoon.

Emergency patients were able to be seen about lunch time before the centre reopened for business about 2pm.

“At least we are seeing the patients now.

“The main thing for us is peace of mind for the patients.”



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