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GPs urged to be 'vigilant' as elderly 'harmed' by hospital prescribing


In 1997, every patient discharged from my ward went home with a TYPED discharge letter IN THEIR HAND. Then progress happened: Now, if becoming aware the patient has been home for some time already,I have to write to the hospital and request a discharge letter which then arrives a week later if you're lucky, in the meantime I am expected to guess the identity of pills needed for emergency prescription because run out,and only described by colour (and often inacurately too). This is diabolical negligent discharge! The only one worse is those institutions that have a policy of never sending a discharge summary and list of medicines as a policy. Yes they do exist, but I was surprised too, I thought they were obligatory, eventually.

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16 Jul 2018

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