A GP patient was horrified to discover that the stool sampling kit provided to him had already been used.
The man was hoping to get answers about a condition that had plagued him for four months, but came home from doctors with more than he expected.
When he brought the do-it-yourself kit to his home and opened it, he quickly discovered that it was far from brand new.
The 32-year-old – who wished to remain anonymous – was horrified to find traces of his previous user’s faeces still visible on the kit.
In addition, confidential medical information was written on the label, a potentially serious violation.
The South Reading and Shinfield Group medical practice has apologized and called for an urgent review of how the tests are being handled.
The patient said: “I was horrified when I first saw it because I thought something was not quite right and then I saw someone’s name on it and put it away immediately.
“So it sat in a closet for a month and I brought it home.
“Literally, someone’s poop is in my house.
“It’s pretty gross and it’s also a data breach as all the medical information was on the label.”
He received the kit in mid-November, but notes suggest it was used as early as October.
The pack was one of two he was given by a person who worked behind the counter at the surgery. The other was mercifully spotless.
A spokesman for the practice said: “We have apologized to the affected patients and ensured the issue was dealt with effectively and promptly.
“We are reviewing the way we handle stool sample testing to maintain our high level of patient care and confidentiality.”
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