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Patient contact via email and texting
EMAILING or texting patients may save time and resources but there are risks -- not least of which are potential breaches of data security and patient confidentiality. [Risk Alert]
Who can consent for children?
WHEN is it appropriate for people like grandparents or childminders to consent to treatment in children?
Poor handovers still pose significant risk
EARLIER this month the GMC published key findings from its annual National training survey. A total of 51,316 trainee doctors participated – just under three-quarters were in specialty or core training (72 per cent) with 28 per cent respondents in their foundation training years.
Do you discriminate by sexuality?
Always ensure you treat all patients equally - regardless of sexuality
Patient requests to alter medical records
Be ever mindful of patients' right of access to medical records - and to dispute the facts and clinical opinion therein.
Act quickly on patient complaints
Responding swiftly and carefully to patient complaints can prevent them escalating to a more serious matter.
Caution over self-prescribing
PRESCRIBING drugs for yourself or those close to you might be convenient but could land you in serious trouble with the GMC.
A duty of openness
New published GMC guidance highlights again the responsibily that healthcare professionals in management positions have toward staff raising concerns over patient safety.
Burnout warning for clinicians
Clinicians with health problems must not be afraid to seek help.
Confidential paper records
Take care with confidential paper records.