99-year-old is invited to antenatal meeting

Doris Ayling 99,  with her appointment letter
Doris Ayling 99, with her appointment letter
  • Hospital trust invites 99-year-old to antenatal clinic
  • Doris Ayling is baffled as to why she got the letter
  • Hospital apologises for the error
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A HOSPITAL has apologised after sending a maternity appointment letter to a 99-year-old woman.

Doris Ayling, who has seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, said she was amused to receive the letter to attend the antenatal appointment at Fareham Community Hospital.

I was a bit amused by it all

Doris Ayling

The letter even had the date of birth of Mrs Ayling, who lives in Bognor Regis.

Mrs Ayling said her childbearing days were obviously well and truly behind her, and was baffled as to why the hospital had asked her to come in for the appointment.

She said: ‘I was a bit amused by it all.

‘I’ve never been to the Portsmouth hospitals and I don’t know where the Fareham hospital is.

‘It’s a complete mystery to me how I got this letter.’

Mrs Ayling will turn 100 in November and has three children of retirement age.

She said she had children when she was in her 20s and had no plans for any more.

‘I had three children when I was 20, 23 and 29,’ she said. ‘That was enough.’

A spokesman for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said it was sorry for the letter and called it ‘a rare administrative error’.

The spokesman said: ‘We have written to the lady that was incorrectly sent the appointment letter.

‘It was a rare administrative error and we have apologised for any unnecessary anxiety this error may have caused.’