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Hi all,

I have made some code based on following online youtube video for making a HTML form send to mySQL database via PHP: https://youtu.be/qm4Eih_2p-M

The form I am making is hopefully going to help in the Hospital at which I work to speed patient referrals, so I am very keen on making it work.

I have made the HTML form and the database, which I do not think are the problem.

When I click 'Submit' on my HTML form, then my php file comes up with all the code written, rather than the message: "New referral sent succesfully".

Additionally, when I check the database via 'MyPHPAdmin' there is no data added to the database I have made.

I have been using Sublime and have spotted some mistakes here and there, but is there something glaringly obvious that I am doing wrong in my code that is stopping my form being sent to the database?

Thank you,


$patientname = | $_POST['patientname'];
$hospitalnumber = | $_POST['hospitalnumber'];
$DoB = | $_POST['DoB'];
$specialty = | $_POST['specialty'];
$otherspecialty = | $_POST['otherspecialty'];
$admissiondate = | $_POST['admissiondate'];
$referring = | $_POST['referring'];
$bleep = | $_POST['bleep'];
$Admission = | $_POST['Admission'];
$Illness = | $_POST['Illness'];
$Awareness = | $_POST['Awareness'];
$question = | $_POST['question'];
$history = | $_POST['history'];
$medications = | $_POST['medications'];
$examination = | $_POST['examination'];
$results = | $_POST['results'];
$diagnosis = | $_POST['diagnosis'];
$investigations = | $_POST['investigations'];

	$host = "localhost"
	$dbUsername = "root";
	$dbPassword = "xyzabc";
	$dbname = "GreenCard";

	$conn = new mysqli($host, $dbUsername, $dbPassword, $dbname);

	if (mysqli_connect_error()) {
		die('Connect Error('. mysqli_connect_errno().')'. mysqli_connect_error());
	} else {
	$INSERT = "INSERT Into Greencard (patientname, hospitalnumber, DoB, specialty, otherspecialty, admissiondate, referring, bleep, Admission, Illness, Awareness, question, history, medications, examination, results, diagnosis, investigations) values (?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?)";

	//Prepare statement
	$stmt = $conn->prepare($INSERT);
	$stmt->bind_param("sisissssssssssssss", $patientname, $hospitalnumber, $DoB, $specialty, $otherspecialty, $admissiondate, $referring, $bleep, $Admission, $Illness, $Awareness, $question, $history, $medications, $examination, $results, $diagnosis, $investigations);
	echo "New referral sent successfully";

} else {
	echo "Make sure fields are completed";



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$patientname = | $_POST['patientname'];

Why is there a pipe in here?

When you check for data, are you looking at everything in the table? Or just running a SELECT query for the data you expect to see?

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Thanks, I have removed the pipe from every line, including the one you have shown.

Now I am getting this when I submit:


Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '$dbUsername' (T_VARIABLE) in /Users/samanj/Sites/insert.php on line 23

Am I getting closer?

I am not very savvy in understanding what the SELECT query does, more just following the video.

I do expect to look for everything in the table when I submit the form and then check the database using PhPMyAdmin

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Posted (edited)

Latest update: have seemed to get this far:


Warning: mysqli::__construct(): (HY000/1045): Access denied for user ''@'localhost' (using password: YES) in /Users/samanj/Sites/insert.php on line 27
Connect Error(1045)Access denied for user ''@'localhost' (using password: YES)

Does this mean my password is incorrect? (Update: password is correct)

Maybe I am almost there...

Edited by samanj

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It means you either didn't do it or did it wrong.  The access and permissions for your data base  are incorrect.

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Update on this, I started from scratch and worked bit by bit and finally got it to work 👍

Thanks for the feedback.

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