Hospital reveals details to prankster pretending to the The Queen - page 4

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The hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge has released private details about her condition to two prank callers from an Australian radio station. More: I bet the Nurse in question is feeling pretty bad but seriously?... Read More


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    I listened to this prank too, and the first thing that hit me is that the "nurse" sounded like she was part of the prank too and maybe it was all a set up and the callers were not truely talking to the real hospital. The reason being is that the operator and nurse only was told that " this is the Queen and I am checking on my grand daughter Kate". I think you would have to be a complete dimwit to fall for this line especially a facility who treats the royal family and should be used to this....I think this is all a prank.
    Just my 2 cents...
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    Merged threads.
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    Wow. I find it sad that the general consensus here is that "well, if the nurse THOUGHT it was the Queen, who can blame her for giving info?"

    Wake up, folks! It doesn't matter WHO a caller CLAIMS to be! Without a password/verification system, no info goes out without patient permission, and that's just the breaks. I'd much rather be yelled at for NOT giving out info to a bigwig than for blabbing confidential information to some unknown, unverifiable source! At least the first scenario, you have a decent defense. The second one, you broke the law because you were ...what exactly? Afraid? Afraid of what? Doing your job correctly and protecting patient privacy? Good luck with that one!
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    Where I work, we are told to forward any press inquiries to the manager. On night shift, it would be whoever is THE boss of the facility at night. Even though they posed as the queen and the prince and not as press....I would put something like that right up there with a "let the manager deal with this" situation. I mean, it IS just like answering questions to the president because his wife is a patient. Would I answer because I believed it was the president? We can all say what we would've done in any situation, but I think for any high profile patient, I would get that off my back.
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    Quote from SoldierNurse22
    Wow. I find it sad that the general consensus here is that "well, if the nurse THOUGHT it was the Queen, who can blame her for giving info?"

    Wake up, folks! It doesn't matter WHO a caller CLAIMS to be! Without a password/verification system, no info goes out without patient permission, and that's just the breaks. I'd much rather be yelled at for NOT giving out info to a bigwig than for blabbing confidential information to some unknown, unverifiable source! At least the first scenario, you have a decent defense. The second one, you broke the law because you were ...what exactly? Afraid? Afraid of what? Doing your job correctly and protecting patient privacy? Good luck with that one!
    It is easy for us to say what we would do in this situation, but fact is we were not in this situation. Yes, I understand HIPAA and etc. However, there were times when I had sick patients in the ICU and the closet family member was a thousand miles away, do you think the social worker and doc didn't take their word that they were who they said they were? Um, think again.
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    I'm surprised the royals go to public hospitals. I thought med care came to them.
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    So that nurse was found dead today. They say suicide. Hmm...
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    Not the nurse with primary care for the duchess, the nurse who put the call through.

    No less sad for the fact.
    Last edit by Anoetos on Dec 7, '12
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    Quote from SoldierNurse22
    Wow. I find it sad that the general consensus here is that "well, if the nurse THOUGHT it was the Queen, who can blame her for giving info?"

    Wake up, folks! It doesn't matter WHO a caller CLAIMS to be! Without a password/verification system, no info goes out without patient permission, and that's just the breaks. I'd much rather be yelled at for NOT giving out info to a bigwig than for blabbing confidential information to some unknown, unverifiable source! At least the first scenario, you have a decent defense. The second one, you broke the law because you were ...what exactly? Afraid? Afraid of what? Doing your job correctly and protecting patient privacy? Good luck with that one!
    I've never worked at a place where someone had to have passwords to get info. They just said their name and if the name was on the list they got the info. Always struck me as a not very good system.

    Poor nurse! She must have been so humiliated.
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