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Hospital in Dead Twin Mix-Up


March 11, 2009

A Pensioner is upset with Gloucestershire Royal Hospital which he says keeps mistaking him for his dead twin brother.

Michael Dix, of Matson Lane, was called for an x-ray and sent a letter from GRH addressing his twin brother Arthur, who died of a heart attack 11 years ago.

The 71-year-old, a former caretaker at Robinswood Primary School, said: "I went for an x-ray on February 25 and they asked for my name and letter.

“They knew who I was but after waiting for an x-ray the nurse called for Arthur Dix.”

Then on Saturday he received a letter addressed to his dead brother Arthur.

“It was awful seeing it there in print, it was really upsetting.”

Michael has chronic asthma, an enlarged heart, arthritis and diabetes.

His wife Janet, 54, said: "It is a complete mix-up. I rang the doctor and explained about the letter but he said that on their forms it didn’t even say that Arthur was dead.

“We just want to know why this mistake keeps happening and don’t want it to happen again it is really sad for us.

“Michael has had about 30 x-rays before and they have never done it before and now twice in such a short space of time.

“It could be dangerous because they have different medical numbers and it could lead to a bad mistake as Michael is allergic to some medicines.”

Janet was married to Arthur for 22 years.

But after his death in 1995 and the death of Michael’s first wife Margaret, Janet found love with twin brother Michael.

Janet, a care worker, said: "When Arthur died Mick used to always take me shopping because I didn’t drive, he kept on taking me and we just clicked from there, we never expected to.

“We were inseparable within a year and have been together ever since, I don’t think people thought it would last but it has and part of us thinks it was Arthur and Margaret that brought us together.

“But even though we are really happy you don’t forget about your first husband.”

Janet and Michael have been married since 2001 and enjoy spending time with Michael’s three children John, Stephen and Tracy and six grandchildren.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust said: "The Trust would like to apologise for the letter being sent to the family of Mr Dix and for any upset it caused.

“The Trust will look at why this letter was issued and ensure that letters are no longer sent to the family.”

© YellowBrix 2009

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