An urgent fax

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 09 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1420
  1. Robert Chaplin, consultant psychiatrist
  1. London

    Recently, four faxes arrived in my office within 24 hours asking for urgent psychiatric community assessments. They all told separate stories of human misery and asked for emergency psychiatric consultations. It was clearly impossible to see all the patients immediately as I was the only senior psychiatrist covering the team. I therefore tried to call the referring doctors in order to prioritise the patients but could locate only one.

    A fax is easy to send. Firstly, you dictate a letter (an …

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