PATIENTS and staff were put at risk more than 100 times at a Glasgow hospital due to security breaches.

Figures show there were 133 incidents logged last year involving security threats at the city’s Royal Infirmary.

A further 38 incidents at the hospital involved theft, vandalism or lost property.

A total of 673 security-related incidents were recorded 2016-2016 including 11 at the Royal Hospital for Children.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said a “small number” had been serious incidents but did not give any further details.

Union leaders called for more resources to ensure staff and patients were adequately protected and warned that the figures may just be the tip of the iceberg.

According to figures obtained by the Evening Times, weapons were discovered on eight occasions at NHS sites, mainly mental health facilities including Leverndale Hospital and Castlemilk Health Centre.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which have a dedicated security presence, recorded the highest number of incidents.

Unison said some members felt that there was “no real value” in reporting incidents because action was not taken.

There were 350 security breaches across NHS sites last year, 68 incidents where theft was recorded and 39 incidents of vandalism.

On 22 occasions, IT security was threatened, with incidents at Gartnavel General, the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Sandford, sexual health service.

Union leaders called for more resources to ensure staff and patients were adequately protected.

Matt McLaughlin, Regional Organiser for Unison said:“Whilst we welcome the fact that NHSGGC is sharing this data and keeping records, we are concerned that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

“Our members tell us that they feel, reporting incidents is of no real value, because they don’t see positive action as a result.

“It would be too easy for the board to cut back on health and safety to try and save money.

“We call on them to invest more resources and to secure a safer environment for patients and staff.”

A spokesman for NHSGGC said: “It should be stressed that while a small number of these were of a serious nature, the majority were minor thefts and incidents of vandalism.

“We take all breaches of security very seriously and work closely with Police Scotland, both on individual cases but also at a strategic level on keeping our staff, patients and premises safe and secure.”