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Handwritten Prescription Requests

Patients frequently attend practices with hand written prescription requests which were issued to them in outpatient clinics. These requests are often illegible, and rarely have enough information for us to safely prescribe. To this end practices have to delay prescribing to get clarity.

The hand written requests are also given to patients to bring to practices. The patients either expect the prescription instantly, or do not deliver the note at all.

To improve this situation, it has been proposed that these communications could be sent by email to practice generic email boxes, which are accessed daily. Queries could then also be sent back by email. The LMC is working through this solution with the secondary care providers.

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