Doctor's gripe not dealt with - two months on

A DOCTOR who moved to Surrey two years ago is still receiving his patients details, two months after the Weston & Somerset Mercury first revealed the error.

A DOCTOR who moved to Surrey two years ago is still receiving his patients' details, two months after the Weston & Somerset Mercury first revealed the error.

Dr Peter Watkinson, who worked as a GP in the resort for 30 years, says the ongoing administrative blunder 'could put lives at risk'.

The GP, who now practices 140 miles away in Chobham, Surrey, used to work at New Court Surgery in the Boulevard.

He said: "Hospital discharge letters are still coming to me.


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"In her response, the trust chief executive said patients would not come to any harm as a result, but that is not true.

"Sending letters to me causes a minimum 24 hours delay, often longer, before I can fax them through to my old surgery.

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"This could well result in delays before a patient is treated or visited after being let out of hospital. "Sooner or later someone will suffer as a result.

"There must be a solution because this problem never happens with Southmead or the BRI where I also used to send patients."

Last week the GP received two x-ray reports.

The Mercury was contacted by Dr Watkinson in October as he was concerned he was still being sent his former patients' details, despite moving to his new practice two and half years ago.

At the time, he said 'a lack of common sense' was to blame.

He added: "I am quite annoyed about really as it is a nuisance."

A spokesman for Weston Area Health Trust, which runs the hospital, said: "The Trust is continuing to work with its service providers, Fujitsu, to resolve this issue and is grateful to Dr Watkinson for his patience.

"We apologise again for the inconvenience while we are undertaking this work, but would stress that his patients are being seen and treated in the hospital as usual.

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