Hospital scanners stolen in raid

Two ultra-sound scanners have been stolen from a hospital.

The equipment, which is used to assess the development of babies and women's health, was taken from West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, west London.

Police said the department where the scanners were kept, was locked and there was no sign of forced entry on the night of the theft on 16 February.

CCTV cameras showed a white transporter van drive to the rear of the women's health unit before leaving.

Police said the Women's outpatient department had been locked up as usual at 1830 GMT.

At 0830 GMT the next day staff noticed the SSD Aloka 3500 and SSD Aloka 5000 machines, made by Keymed, were missing.

The scanners, which are both on wheels, are about one metre high and half a metre in wide.

The van picked up by CCTV was seen leaving via the Twickenham Road exit at about 2030 GMT. Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2005/02/24 12:18:26 GMT