Nurse who took hoax radio call about Kate in hospital found dead

Bicester Advertiser: King Edward VII Hospital King Edward VII Hospital

A NURSE who took the prank Australian radio call at the hospital which treated the Duchess of Cambridge when telephone hoaxers struck earlier this week has been found dead.

Two Australian radio DJs impersonated the Queen and the Prince of Wales to dupe staff into giving a condition update on Kate, who was suffering severe morning sickness at the private King Edward VII Hospital in central London.

The nurse, named as Jacintha Saldanha, who the hospital said had worked there for four years, was found at an address near the King Edward.

Hospital bosses have just released a statement paying tribute to the woman's service.

The hospital said in a statement: "We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital.

"The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time.

"Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII's Hospital for more than four years.

"She was an excellent nurse and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called at approximately 9.35am this morning to a report of a woman found unconscious at an address in Weymouth Street, W1.

"London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances of the incident. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage."

The presenters, from 2Day FM, remarked during their show how their efforts were the "easiest prank call ever made", as they put on mock British accents they later described as "terrible".

Hospital chief executive John Lofthouse condemned the hoax call, made in the early hours of Tuesday.

In a statement issued later that day, Mr Lofthouse said: "I think this whole thing is pretty deplorable, our nurses are caring, professional people trained to look after patients, not to cope with journalistic trickery of this sort."

He said there was no chance the Duchess could have received the call, adding: "Technically I think this was a breach of patient confidentiality, which I very much regret. Having said that, the information which was inadvertently revealed is already in the public domain."

The 2Day FM presenters, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, later apologised for their actions as did their radio station. The station was expected to issue a statement about the death later.

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4:27pm Fri 7 Dec 12

the wizard says...

The so called "Pranksters" should both now at the very least lose their jobs, a small recon-pence for the shame they bestowed on this young girl, which has obviously got to her. The programme editor should also go.
There are always consequences to such actions and they should face theirs.
The so called "Pranksters" should both now at the very least lose their jobs, a small recon-pence for the shame they bestowed on this young girl, which has obviously got to her. The programme editor should also go. There are always consequences to such actions and they should face theirs. the wizard
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4:29pm Fri 7 Dec 12

jags1953 says...

...and our Prime Minister is against controls of the press, disgraceful.

My comiserations to Jacintha’s family and friends.
...and our Prime Minister is against controls of the press, disgraceful. My comiserations to Jacintha’s family and friends. jags1953
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9:23pm Fri 7 Dec 12

profgeof2000 says...

BY now these prank idiots should be looking for another job!! Yeah agreed the would not know the eventual outcome . However, they would know (or should) that whomever gave the info to them was gonna have a problem!
BY now these prank idiots should be looking for another job!! Yeah agreed the would not know the eventual outcome . However, they would know (or should) that whomever gave the info to them was gonna have a problem! profgeof2000
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9:26pm Fri 7 Dec 12

profgeof2000 says...

How about a prank call to wherever they work - telling them them the company has decided to fire them!!!
How about a prank call to wherever they work - telling them them the company has decided to fire them!!! profgeof2000
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9:31pm Fri 7 Dec 12

the wizard says...

How about a serious call to get them extradited to the UK to answer some serious charges, of impersonation, for a start and then involuntary man slaughter as a top up charge, seems about right. Let us see if that appeals to their "sense of humour".
How about a serious call to get them extradited to the UK to answer some serious charges, of impersonation, for a start and then involuntary man slaughter as a top up charge, seems about right. Let us see if that appeals to their "sense of humour". the wizard
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8:31am Sat 8 Dec 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

Actually if you listened to the broadcast it would have been very apparent that this was a spoof. It's been done many a time before, without extreme reactions. If jags thinks the UK can control Australian media then he deceives himself.
Actually if you listened to the broadcast it would have been very apparent that this was a spoof. It's been done many a time before, without extreme reactions. If jags thinks the UK can control Australian media then he deceives himself. Lord Palmerstone
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11:47am Sat 8 Dec 12

cynicality says...

I'm sure it was partly the feeding frenzy of the Brit tabloid press that was to blame too. There must have been huge pressure on all the nurses on that ward to 'give their story'...
I'm sure it was partly the feeding frenzy of the Brit tabloid press that was to blame too. There must have been huge pressure on all the nurses on that ward to 'give their story'... cynicality
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12:11pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Feelingsmatter says...

Interesting that our local paper would pick this story up. Proves your point nicely cynicality.
Interesting that our local paper would pick this story up. Proves your point nicely cynicality. Feelingsmatter
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5:14pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

profgeoff2000, she didn't give any info at all, only passed the call on to somebody higher up who did, that person before giving out the info should have double checked and requested a call back. But the government will run and run on this for as long as they can, preferably till the next election, I bet David is counting his lucky stars, what a great time to bury his bad news.
profgeoff2000, she didn't give any info at all, only passed the call on to somebody higher up who did, that person before giving out the info should have double checked and requested a call back. But the government will run and run on this for as long as they can, preferably till the next election, I bet David is counting his lucky stars, what a great time to bury his bad news. Pavinder Msvarensy
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