A gold necklace and bracelet were stolen from a hospital patient days before he died.
The family of Arthur Burton of Ingol, who died on Easter Sunday aged 82, say they have been left distraught after the theft from the Royal Preston Hospital.
Mr Burton’s daughter, Hazel Bradshaw, also of Ingol, said: “Dad was in hospital for four weeks before he died and the items seem to have disappeared after he was taken for an MRI scan on Tuesday, April 15.
“Dad kept telling everyone that he gave them someone to to look after while he was undergoing the proceedure, but they were never returned.”
The gold necklace is described as ‘chunky’ and the necklace is in a distinctive cartouche design, with hieroglyphs spelling ‘Arthur’.
Both are valued at around £300 each.
Mrs Bradshaw said: “It’s bad enough having to deal with my dad’s death, let alone have his jewellery stolen.
“He had promised the bracelet to my son, so it’s an heirloom really, and it would mean the world to us to get these things back.”
Mr Burton died on Easter Sunday, April 20.
A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary, said: “The items of jewelley are still missing and no body has been arrested.
“Investigations are underway and officers are making enquiries with the hospital to find out the procedures for taking off jewellery during procedures.”
Karen Partington, chief executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Firstly we would like to offer our sincere condolences to Mr Burton’s family.
“We are looking into the matter and we are working closely with Lancashire Constabulary while an investigation is carried out.”
Yesterday the Evening Post revealed that items worth a total of £4,503 had been stolen from hospitals in central Lancashire during the last three years, including laptops, painkillers and a resuscitation box.
The majority of the items, which also include copper earth cable, dental equipment and confectionery, were stolen from the Royal Preston Hospital. There were also three reports of goods being stolen from Chorley District Hospital.