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Jogging your memory

Dr David Russell takes a look at Stickies – the electronic version of Post-It notes

By Dr David Russell

Dr David Russell takes a look at Stickies – the electronic version of Post-It notes

• What is it?

If I had to name my favourite bit of software, Stickies would win hands down. Stickies is a computerised version of the Post-It notes we all use and can't live without, only with major advantages. Once created, they stay on screen until you take them away. Just like a real sticky piece of paper.

• Why is it good for GPs?

Stickies can work as a failsafe way to ensure important medical information is acted on and not forgotten. They can be hidden for a certain period, or until a specified date and time, to act as reminders.

If I get an abnormal lab result and want to make sure it's dealt with correctly and not lost to follow-up, I get Stickies to pop up either at the exact time the patient is due to attend (if they have made an appointment) or a specified number of days later.

• What does it do?

The Stickies program is small and simple. Stickies will not mess with your system files, or write to the registry. Stickies stores information in a single text-based file.

• What does it cost?

Absolutely nothing – it's free.

• Where can I get it?

For more information on Stickies or to download the program go to www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/stickies

Dr David Russell is a GP in Darlington, north Yorkshire, and prescribing lead for Darlington PCT

If I get an abnormal lab result and want to make sure it's dealt with correctly and not lost to follow-up, I get Stickies to pop up either at the exact time the patient is due to attend (if they have made an appointment) or a specified number of days later

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