Dr Ellie Mein
Dr Ellie Mein explains how to apologise to a patient following a prescription error
Do I say sorry for a scrip mistake?
Q I am a private GP and a patient has written to say they believe I overprescribed their medication which subsequently caused them to be admitted to hospital.
The prescription was started by a consultant the patient had seen privately and the dosage error was made when I prescribed a repeat prescription.
Unfortunately, I had not received a letter from the consultant and I wasn’t able to get a hold of them to confirm the correct dosage, so I had to rely on the patient’s recollection.
Should I apologise for the error or would I be admitting legal liability for something that I feel wasn’t my fault?
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