Thursday 29 September 2016

Hospital apologises after sending maternity appointment letter to 99-year-old woman

Ben Mitchell

Published 20/07/2015 | 15:20

The letter even had the date of birth of Mrs Ayling
The letter even had the date of birth of Mrs Ayling

A hospital has apologised after sending a maternity appointment letter to a 99-year-old woman.

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Doris Ayling, who has seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, said she was amused to receive the letter to attend the antenatal appointment at Fareham Community Hospital in Hampshire.

The letter even had the date of birth of Mrs Ayling, who lives in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

Mrs Ayling, who will turn 100 in November and has three children of retirement age, told the Bognor Regis Observer: "I was a bit amused by it all. I've never been to the Portsmouth hospitals and I don't know where the Fareham hospital is. It's a complete mystery to me how I got this letter.

"I had three children when I was 20, 23 and 29. That was enough."

A spokesman for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We have written to the lady that was incorrectly sent the appointment letter. It was a rare administrative error and we have apologised for any unnecessary anxiety this error may have caused."

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