A woman spent two years on an NHS surgeon's waiting list - unaware he was dead.
Janet Warnes, due to be fitted with a hearing aid, first saw him in 2002.
She had to wait until last month for her second appointment - and arrived at the hospital to learn the consultant, a Mr Fraser, died in 2002.
Retired VDU operator Janet, 68, of Leeds, said: "I was starting to think I might be dead before I finally saw a doctor, but I never expected him to be."
She may now go private after being told it could take two more years to see another specialist at Leeds General Infirmary.
The hospital blamed a computer error for sending her an appointment letter. A spokesman said: "We are extremely sorry for any embarrassment or distress."