Medical staff to carry business cards

Confusion is common amongst patients, particularly elderly patients and those in A&E. They find it difficult to keep track of whom they have spoken to and about what. This becomes difficult if the patient is alone.

Senior medical staff could carry a small number of business cards with their name and photo on the front and date time and topics discussed noted on the reverse.

Why the contribution is important

I am an ageing Parkinsonian patient with some add on complications. I am easily confused. Such a system would help me to keep track of whom I had spoken to and about what. I am sure others would befit as well. Medical staff may find patients less confused and easier to manage.

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by Nicola2IOMGov on August 07, 2018 at 03:46PM

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  • Posted by Felix August 10, 2018 at 10:04

    This is a great idea. You get an appointment to a clinic with a consultant named on it but rarely see the named person, but one of his/her associates. Often they don't have name tags and even when they do remembering who they are is a challenge. The clinician you see should give you a card to say who and what they are. It would be easy to do and make so much of a difference.
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