Consultants could give patients a letter summarising their consultationBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7132.706 (Published 28 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:706
- Charles Essex, Consultant neurodevelopmental paediatrician
- Child Development Unit, Gulston Hospital, Coventry CV1 2HR
EDITOR—Burkey et al state that patients in outpatient clinics value a clear message when they are being discharged, being given written and verbal information about their condition, and knowing that their general practitioner has this information.1 I suggest that one way to address these is to write to the patient or the parents.
After every consultation I write only one letter, to the parent(s), with a copy to other parties. This includes (examples in brackets) whether I have discharged the …