Health Care Australia is warning of potential privacy breaches after the public became aware of a potential medical emergency at a Perth paediatric hospital.

The WA Public Health Authority said the incident happened on October 17, when an 8-year-old boy was admitted to a paediatric unit at the Royal Perth Hospital.

He had been suffering from pneumonia and had an asthma attack.

An investigation into the incident found a potential breach of privacy.

WA Public Health said the boy had been attending the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment and that he was not required to have an attending nurse.

“WA Public health was made aware of the matter by a concerned family member and contacted the Royal College of General Practitioners of WA,” a WA Public health spokesman said.

In a statement to ABC Radio Perth, the Royal Melbourne Hospital said the matter had been resolved and no staff had been involved.

It said a team from its department, which includes doctors and nurses, had been called in.

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“This is a very serious breach of our patient confidentiality and this breach is unacceptable,” the Royal Pediatric Hospital said.”WA Health has taken this matter very seriously and we are conducting an internal investigation.”WA Public and the Royal Victoria Hospital both issued statements saying they were aware of and would work with the WA Government.

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