I totally like (even love) my NHS rheumatology clinic. In 3+ years of my late 50s, their insight & systemic treatment have turned my life around for the better. Likewise I totally like (even love) most all of the other NHS clinics I attend regularly (ophthalmology, ENT, maxo-facial, gyn, orthopaedics etc etc). But, each time I read a clinic report, there Is at least 1 factual error (repeat meds missed out, conditions mixed up etc) and often one of the main topics discussed in the appt isn't mentioned.
Of course, our consultants are under a lot of heavy duty practical professional pressures, and personal pressure, which are bound to influence report composition. And each consultant inevitably takes an informed view during a consultation, intending to cover as efficiently as time allows, what seem to be the most significant points raised. So, ok, they must edit an appt down to the essentials for a report.
But, now that we're relied on by the NHS to become as expert as poss re our own conditions & treatment plans, isn't some sort of correction to iffy reports required? I, in a simple friendly (sheesh) matter of fact way, hoping not to get the consultant's back up, do my corrections to the last report received at the next consultation...And sometimes I see these corrections included in the ensuing report...but not always...I tell myself this is life & the facts come up in the course of time....but I still feel a degree of concern
So, I'm wondering what others experience: would anyone like to set up a poll re how often clinic reports seem accurate? I'm not technical enough to set one up....