Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Instead of ‘Merry Christmas’, UK Hospital Mistakenly Sends ‘Lung Canc*er’ SMS To Patients

According to the BBC, a hospital in England mistakenly sent hundreds of patients a text message informing them that they have “aggressive lung cancer” rather than wishing them a “Merry Christmas” from general practitioners.
According to the news source, the mass text messages, which were issued on December 23, misdiagnosed patients at Askern Medical Center in South Yorkshire, Doncaster.
The SMS messages informed the patients that they had “aggressive lung cancer with metastases” and asked them to fill out a DS-1500 form, which allows people with terminal conditions to apply for certain benefits.
After an hour had passed, Askern Medical Practice issued a follow-up text that read, “Please accept our heartfelt apologies for the prior text message provided.”

This was emailed inadvertently. We meant to write “We wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New year” in our greeting to you. ” Please dial NHS 111 or send an email to [email protected] in case of emergency.

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