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Hospital Worker Jailed for Four Years

2 September 2015

Daniel Dreghorn, 39, from Kilwinning, Ayrshire, worked as a production supervisor in the Central Decontamination Unit at Ayrshire Central Hospital. The Unit is a purpose built facility that provides decontamination reprocessing of theatre instrument sets before returning them to local hospitals.

In February 2014 it was identified that some urology equipment was missing from the theatre store at University Hospital Ayr. This resulted in two planned procedures having to be cancelled. Following full stocktakes, it was established that 134 theatre instruments were missing from University Hospital Ayr and University Hospital Crosshouse.

Following an investigation by NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services, Dreghorn was arrested in late July 2014 and immediately suspended from duty.. A search of his home recovered some medical devices and evidence that he had sold stolen medical equipment to wholesalers in the UK, USA and Hong Kong.

On 22 July 2015, Dreghorn appeared at the High Court, Glasgow where he pled guilty to the theft and was remanded for sentencing.

On 2 September 2015, he was sentenced at the High Court, Glasgow to four years imprisonment, for the theft of specialist medical devices from the health board, with a value of over £1.3 million.