Wouldn’t it be great if GPs could see who else a patient was consulting?

Practice software should allow GPs to see a patient's outside appointments, writes Dr Oliver Frank.

THE ISSUE

Coordination of patients’ care is a major task for GPs. It requires that GPs know who else is going to see the patient, and when.

Patients often fail to attend appointments in public hospital outpatient departments and with other health organisations.

This results in waste and in delays for other patients who could have been seen instead.

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