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Dozens of people's medical records found on city street

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Patients and doctors said they were worried that their personal information was exposed after someone found medical records from a lab in Newington.

Therese Carey said she was surprised when Eyewitness News called her about the results of her recent blood test last week. Those results were found by a man on a walk in Wethersfield.

"This is too much information on it," Carey said. "Personal information. I don't think this should have happened. I really don't. In my opinion, it's just plain carelessness on the part of the person delivering them."

Carey's lab results, along with those of 15 other patients, were found on a sidewalk by Garry Malone. Malone said he was taking a walk on his lunch break.

"I thought someone littered, threw papers all along the sidewalk," Malone said.

He said he was stunned to find people's medical records, which included very private information like gynecological information, pap smears and names and birth dates.

The papers came from Clinical Laboratory Partners in Newington.

Eyewitness News found an overpass above where the records were discovered. CLP, which is affiliated with Hartford Hospital, was not sure how it happened.

In a statement, CLP said "we are still investigating. We will be getting in touch with all the patients whose records were found."

Eyewitness News reached out to nearly a dozen patients and doctors who said as of Friday, no one called them. They said they find that disturbing.

"This is a very bad thing," said Dr. George Goldfarb.

Goldfarb said some of the records found on the street belonged to his patients.

"As soon as CLP found out, they should have called our patient reps and been in my office or on the phone within six hours," he said.

The records contained very recent information.

Goldfarb said if patients have recently had lab work at Clinical Labs, they should call their doctor.

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