How far should GPs go to follow up test results?

Apparently the radiology clinic contacted the woman’s GP. The GP’s staff then made 14 phone calls in an attempt to contact her. Coroner Mark Johns said, given the urgency, the GP should have contacted the police or ambulance service to trigger a check on the welfare of his patient.

This is not as extreme a suggestion as it may seem. In fact, it has happened in our practice. One of my colleagues got a call late one Friday night from the pathology lab telling him that the blood count of a patient he had seen for

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