"Age discrimination"

About: St Mary's Hospital (London)

I received a copy of a letter sent to my GP from the outpatient Hysteroscooy Clinic dated 11th May 2016.

This letter concerns the results of the hysteroscopy carried out on 24th April 2016.

The subject heading on the letter was the name of the patient and date of birth which is standard.

However,The first sentence of the main body of this letter is "This 70 year old lady"was seen in the outpatients hysteroscopy clinic .

Why is this patients age of such relevance that it has to form the opening sentence when it is noted in the subject heading along with the date of birth.

Is it really relevant that a patient is 30 or 70 years of age or is there a covert age discrimination policy in operation.

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Response from St Mary's Hospital

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust are concerned about your posting on NHS Choices and wishes to apologise to you with regards to the letter you received and your unhappiness with some of the comments.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) has passed on your comments to the relevant service managers.

We would like to encourage you to contact PALS to discuss your concern further on either 0203 312 7777 or email pals@imperial.nhs.uk

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