Flag Patient Notes Template Letter
Practices are reporting an increased number of requests from secondary care and Public Health England to ‘flag’ patient records for potential problems and bear that particular ‘flag’ in mind during consultations.
We appreciate that these issues are clinically relevant and should be recorded, but soon we will not be able to see the wood for the trees there will be so many flags.
Different practices will deal with flags in different ways and there is a huge risk that something will be missed. We are expected to deal with all of this as well as the patient consultation within 10 minutes and it is just not possible.
In consultation with GPC, the LMC has produced the above template letter which you may choose to use when you receive such requests in the future.
Dr Kath Markus
Derby and Derbyshire Local Medical Committee