Hospital gives hundreds of false negative results in major case of ‘human error’

A hospital has been forced to apologise after its pathology service sent hundreds of patients an incorrect negative result.

St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia issued an apology on Boxing Day after informing 400 of their major blunder:

The statement released on Boxing Day said: "SydPath last night incorrectly messaged more than 400 people, advising them they had tested negative to Covid.

“These people had tested positive to Covid. As soon as we became aware of the issue this morning, SydPath immediately commenced a process to contact impacted people.

“An emergency response team is now investigating the cause of the mistake, which is believed to be human error.

“We sincerely apologise to all those impacted.”

The hospital said an emergency response team was now investigating the cause of this mistake, which is believed to have been human error, News AU reports.

“We sincerely apologise to all those impacted,” the hospital continued.

SydPath medical director Professor Anthony Dodds claimed the mistake happened as the organisation dealt with large volumes of tests.

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Dodds said: "Owing to the very large volume of tests that we’ve been contending with at SydPath, last night, we incorrectly messaged 400 patients who had been swabbed at our centres from December 22nd and December 23rd, advising them they had tested negative to Covid.

“These people in fact had tested positive to Covid. As soon as we became aware of this issue this morning, SydPath immediately commenced the process to contact these impacted individuals.

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“We sincerely apologise for the mistake that has been made.”

The news comes just days after the UK government announced that people infected with Covid who get consecutive negative results on their lateral flow tests will now have to isolate for just seven days.

Vaccinated people who test positive for the virus will now be given a new deadline of will be given a new deadline of 7 days instead of 10 days if they receive negative lateral flow results on day six and day seven of their self-isolation period.

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