When visiting your GP or the hospital, physicians are required to record any relevant information regarding your visit. This includes your illness, the diagnosis, the prescription you were given and any further information such as referral to a specialist. If sent to hospital, administration staff will be responsible for sending you any information regarding further appointments and what to expect when you arrive. In addition, your personal information must be kept up to date, including your name address and telephone number as well as any allergies or medication you are currently taking. All of this is essential to ensure that any doctors, nurses or other physicians who look at your file will be aware of your medical history. It also helps physicians to diagnose illness as they are able to look at your lifestyle and assess you thoroughly. If there has been a miscommunication and information is not taken down correctly by either the receptionist, administration staff, nurse or GP, then you may be able to make a claim.
Failure to record patient information
The staff involved in keeping your information up to date and recording all information as it becomes available are fully trained to be as accurate and detailed as possible. However, if information is mis-recorded or your information is not taken down at all, there could be consequences. For example, a failure to record the correct diagnosis could result in a patient receiving the wrong treatment which may cause the original illness to become worse or progress. A failure to accurately record your address or any personal information could result in you missing urgent appointments or not receiving notice of these appointments for treatment. Additionally, if your personal information becomes mixed up with someone else’s, someone could become seriously ill if the wrong treatment is given to either patient. If incorrectly recorded patient information results in injury or illness, you may be able to win a cash payout.
How to claim for a failure to record patient information
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim for any failure to record information which is vital to your health and well-being. If you fall ill due to someone’s failure to take down information about allergies, previous illness or any medication you are taking then we may be able to make a claim on your behalf. Our helpline is free to call and is available 24/7 so you can pick up the phone any time. The person who was originally responsible for taking down your information can be held liable if there is evidence of negligence.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown