It has been revealed a couple of patients at the Orthopaedic Hospital have had personal information shared without their permission.

An investigation is now taking place after the hospitals NHS Foundation Trust reported it to the Information Commissioners Office.

Mark Brandreth, chief executive of The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, said: “We take the protection of patient data very seriously and a full investigation into this incident is under way.

“At present we understand from our initial scoping that a limited amount of data relating to some patients in a long-standing study may be involved. We are still in the process of establishing precisely what data has been affected by this incident.

“We will be contacting affected patients to explain what has happened and apologise. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further until this has taken place.”