A lawsuit filed in California alleges a women’s health center secretly recorded appointments of more than 1,800 patients using hidden cameras.

The lawsuit claims the Sharp Grossmont Hospital in El Cajon, Calif., secretly recorded female patients inside three labor and delivery operating rooms, according to local outlet KGTV.

Plaintiffs allege operations secretly recorded on the hidden video cameras include caesarean births, hysterectomies, sterilizations and other procedures.


Additionally, the lawsuit alleges the women were recorded as they undressed.

"At times, Defendants’ patients had their most sensitive genital areas visible," the lawsuit reportedly states.

Filed Friday afternoon, the lawsuit claims the secret recordings took place from July 2012 through June 2013.

The hospital claims in the court documents that the recordings were part of an investigation "into whether an employee was stealing the anesthesia drug propofol from drug carts in the operating rooms," according to the local news outlet.

Motion-activated cameras were reportedly installed on drug carts in the operating rooms, but the lawsuit states the cameras continued to record even after motion had ceased.

Several hospital staff members, including nonmedical personnel, were able to access the recordings through desktop computers. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges the hospital did not keep track of "who accessed the recordings, why, or when."

Sharp HealthCare, which is also named in the lawsuit, told the local news outlet in a statement that the hospital "installed and operated one hidden camera on the anesthesia cart located in each of three operating rooms in the Women’s Center."

"The purpose of the three cameras was to ensure patient safety by determining the cause of drugs missing from the carts," the statement read, adding that officials would not comment further on the matter, citing the pending lawsuit.