Askern Medical Practice: GP patients receive text message telling them they have lung cancer

Patients received a text from a UK GP telling them they had lung cancer, instead of wishing them a ‘Merry Christmas’.

Hundreds of people registered for the surgery are believed to have received the texts with the diagnosis in error.

This included a father who was awaiting test results for lung cancer, The sun reports

Property developer Chris Reed, 57, said his partner broke down in tears.

He said he tried to call the surgery but the lines were blocked.

He ran over there and asked to see a doctor where he was told it was a mistake and his results came back negative.

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Chris, from Norton, England, said: “They went from ‘You’ve got lung cancer’ to ‘Merry Christmas’ in about an hour. Unbelievable.”

Patients at Askern Medical Practice, near Doncaster, received the text on Christmas Eve.

He asked for “a DS1500 for the patient above. Diagnosis – Aggressive lung cancer with metastases”.

DS1500 is the form people with terminal illnesses use to claim benefits and ‘metastases’ means that a cancer has spread and is almost certainly incurable.

The surgery sent an apologetic text to angry and scared patients, including the original festive message, but even that didn’t seem to go down well.

Becky Werrett said: “I’ve had three Merry Christmases so far.”

The surgery was contacted for comment.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission.

Originally published as GP patients receive a text telling them they have lung cancer

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