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Why I'm losing faith in computerised records

Your report (News, December 1) raises our awareness to the concern about fullness of records kept on computer rather than paper notes. I am sure I actually write more on computer than I used to on paper since I think I can type faster than write, although I admit more spelling errors.

However, I agree with the concern about legal implication of unrecorded consultations.

I had a consultation on Monday, and sent for blood tests. I recorded the consultation on computer. On Tuesday, the result arrived and I went to append it to the computer record. But it was not there ­ not a trace of it.

On another occasion a patient came in with a presription that our computer claimed not to have issued. We are left wondering how many other records are lost that we do not know about.

I am therefore guilty of not recording all consultations, but it seems to be an IT problem rather than mine. Do I need to record all consultations in writing if our computer is unreliable?

If that is the case I would stop entering them on the computer entirely ­ and I'm not yet 40!

Dr David Church

Tywyn, Meirioneth

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