To email, or not to email, that is the question

As a patient, I’d like to be able to email my GP for clinical advice, to request a repeat prescription or to get the lowdown on my test results.

However, my local practice doesn’t seem terribly keen on this idea, which is a shame because email would be so much more convenient for me.

And if done properly, I can’t see why it wouldn’t benefit my doctor as well.

In Australia the general consensus among health professionals is that email makes more work for already hard pressed doctors and threatens patient safety.  And that’s pretty much the thinking in the