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Copying letters to patients

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Copying letters to patients? Why not write direct?.

Susan O'Connor, Consultant Psychiatrist, Medical Director
12 October 2005

Dear Editor

for some time most of my colleagues have written directly to patientsor users of the service with a copy to the GP. It is obviously much more dignified to have a letter addressed to you than to receive a letter aboutyou. This practise ensures the letters are clearly and respectfully written and jargon free. In the vast majority of cases they include all the information that is required by the GP and in effect they summarise the assessment care plan and risk assessment.

No consent is required.

We have had no concerns expressed by GPs and positive feedback for users. On the rare occasion that a practitioner wishes to share information only with the GP an additional note can be written. This in fact occurs very rarely.
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