Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 living patients dead

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MELBOURNE, Australia (PIX11) -- An Australian hospital mistakenly declared 200 living patients dead.

Austin Hospital, one of Melbourne's biggest health practices, recently faxed death notices to the patients' family doctors, reported Reuters.

In a report by The Guardian, the 200 patients were actually released from the hospital the day before the grave mistake happened.

Austin Health spokeswoman Taryn Sheehy said in a statement on Sowetan ,"On recognizing the error on the Wednesday morning, Austin Hospital immediately contacted all GP clinics affected."

The error occurred because the hospital was in the process of changing its death notices template. The changes ended up being saved to the their discharge template instead, reported The Guardian.

"We apologized unreservedly to affected clinics who, for the most part, were understanding of the error," the hospital said in a statement.