Apology after royal prank call
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 7:11a.m.
Prince William's wife checked into the private King Edward VII Hospital to treat a nasty bout of morning sickness shortly before the couple revealed their baby news to the world on Monday.
It has now emerged that hospital staff fell victim to a practical joke by Australian radio presenters on Tuesday when they were tricked into revealing the duchess' current condition.
Mel Greig and Michael Christian from Australia's 2Day FM phoned the hospital, pretending to be members of Britain's royal family, and were put through to Catherine's private nurse who gave them personal information relating to the royal's condition.
The nurse told the pranksters, "She's sleeping at the moment and has had an uneventful night, she's been given some fluids, she's stable at the moment... Will went home at about nine o'clock last night. She's quite stable. She hasn't had any retching with me and she's been sleeping on and off.''
Hospital bosses have now issued an apology and vowed to review confidentiality protocols.
A statement reads, "(The hospital) can confirm that an Australian radio station made a hoax call to the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning. This call was transferred through to a ward and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff. King Edward VII's Hospital deeply regrets this incident."
John Lofthouse, chief executive of the King Edward VII Hospital, adds, "This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols."
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9/12/2012 3:51:53 p.m.
After such a spectacularly successful stunt it is a shame the British press put the receptionist at the hospital under so much pressure without a thought for her as a real life person, as only the British Press do when they smell the hint of a story, making the poor receptionist feel she was all at fault. I put the blame for the receptionist's death entirely on the British Press rather than the Radio hosts who cannot be blamed for simply 'taking the Mickey' out of the so called 'rich & famous'. In fact, the British press spoiled what would otherwise have been on record as a perfect hoax and now try to lay the blame on the radio hosts who were only doing their job as entertainers. British Press people are simply the scum of the earth.
8/12/2012 8:57:45 a.m.
Hang your head in shame Australia! Those two people should never be let near a microphone again. Except to apologise. I hope they have a happy Christmas with their families. I know 2 children who wont! Disgusting!
8/12/2012 8:56:20 a.m.
BAZRAZ: just how ignorant you are! Actions carry consequences, and you say "well done". Unbelievable!
8/12/2012 7:18:39 a.m.
It has now come to light that the nurse who was pranked has committed suicide. hope your happy with your prank not quite so funny is it.
8/12/2012 7:15:34 a.m.
Rosalind Keeble wrote:
How sad that these two morons have caused the death of a dedicated nurse. I hope they sleep well tonight. 'As you show - so shale yee reap' should certainly apply. Rot in hell you two!
8/12/2012 7:10:38 a.m.
patricia chadderton wrote:
The gullible English would like to thank the Australian pranksters for the death of the gullible nurse. Get some decency Aussies.
8/12/2012 7:05:33 a.m.
I hope you are happy now you evil people, to do this. That Nurse is now dead because of your stupid prank.
I hope feel this guilt.
8/12/2012 7:04:40 a.m.
8/12/2012 6:23:55 a.m.
Well congratulations to the radio show for upsetting the nurse, Now that she has committed suicide because of what has happened I'm sure her family and children will have a lovely christmas!!!NOT SO FUNNY NOW IS IT...
8/12/2012 6:09:20 a.m.
Robin Parnell wrote:
The nurse you bastards conned has commited suicide!I hope you resign at once!Instantly!
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