A Lower Hutt hospital is "urgently requesting" the return of 20 vials of a powerful anesthetic.
The drugs were stolen from Hutt Hospital on Tuesday as staff attended to a patient in the resuscitation bay.
"These drugs are dangerous and could cause harm or even death if taken outside a clinical setting," said Hutt Valley DHB chief medical officer Dr Sisira Jayathissa.
He urges anyone in possession of the stolen drugs to return them immediately, either to Hutt Hospital or the police.
The drugs are:
- Propofol (anaesthetic)
- Etomidate (anaesthetic)
- Rocuronium (muscle relaxant/anaesthetic)
- Suxamethonium (muscle relaxant/anaesthetic)
- Tracurium (muscle relaxant/anaesthetic).