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NHS Lanarkshire Pioneer Medical Summary Sheet
Hairmyres is the first hospital in the country to pioneer a ‘medical summary sheet’.
The form provides a handy summary of a patient’s medical issues and treatment.
It’s updated by staff twice a week, when consultants make their rounds, and is kept by the patient who can use it to share information with their family members.
It is being trialled in ward 11 at Hairmyres and could be used at NHS Lanarkshire’s other acute hospitals.
Senior charge nurse Tom Imrie said: “There is a section for patients or their families to jot down any questions or concerns they might have. This lets the relevant member of the healthcare team address any questions or issues as soon as possible.
“The initiative has increased the amount of interaction with patients and has ensured that they and their relatives and carers are happier about the level of communication.
“It’s a valuable supplement to the information staff already provide regularly and has been supported enthusiastically by both doctors and nurses.”
Fellow staff nurse Jackie Bonnar added: “Not all patients choose to use the sheet but the majority of those who have felt that it improved communication, particularly with doctors answering questions during ward rounds. Another key benefit is that families are up to date with what is happening and this improves shared decision-making between patients and their
family and the healthcare team.”