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Using the electronic Med3 form

Dr Mike Ingram explains how to use the e-Med3, and why he finds it is simpler and quicker to use than the paper version

Though the electronic Med3 is to be rolled out across all GP systems in due course, it seems that EMIS was one of the first systems chosen for it. The add-on is simple to use and intuitive and well designed. One keystroke brings up the menu and the first decision is whether the patient is fit or unfit for any work.

Say you choose ‘unfit’, then all you need do is type the diagnosis or information into the relevant box. Then choose a period of sickness or a number of days, weeks or months (there is even an ‘indefinite’ tick box). Last, click the print button and out comes the certificate, reverse printed on a sheet of A4.

If a patient is fit but needs altered hours, workplace adaptation or some other category of help, this is also a tick box exercise with room for free text in a box below. Everything entered is printed out on the certificate.

So what is so wonderful?

  • All details are recorded in the records including the diagnosis duration and conditions of return to work.
  • A copy of the certificate is kept as a PDF file.
  • Everything is printed out in legible type, making it easy for employee and employer to read
  • It makes further sickness reports or insurance claims more simple as everyone at the practice has a patient’s previous Med3 files on the system.
  • Subsequent doctors can view your Med 3 entry which reduces the risk of doctors being played off against each other by patients.
  • No more scrabbling around for packs of paper certificates, which also helps locums who might be new to the consulting room and unsure where to find the forms.

During a time of mounting paperwork, GPs might find using the electronic forms for the Med3 more convenient.

Dr Mike Ingram is a GP in Radlett, Hertfordshire.

Readers' comments (5)

  • The electronic fit note is tremendous. Give the person who invented it a knighthood, someone. More, please! FW8s, GMS2 forms... I can think of loads!

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  • Very handy to use eMed3s except our trainees and locums can not use it due to EMIS limitations..

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  • Bornjovial

    Actually one doesnt have to type the reason if a read code is selected in the first place as the read code is prepopulated ont he reason automatically-although only the read code on that page is pulled in for obvious reasons. Its the next best thing to sliced bread. Also there is documented evidence of whats been written. EMIS handout says that even non GP`s can reissue these!!! -ofcourse a Wonder what MDU will say on that!!!

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  • Loving it - the only added bit of joy in my working life for longer than I can recall.......

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  • Electronic Med3 has to be signed and stamped otherwise it will be returned by DWP

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