Paramedic Postbox

Click here to access a single PDF containing these four conference posters, plus our set-up resources. 

The single question I get asked most often about the Paramedic Postbox is "but what about information governance?". And my answer is in all honesty I think that's over-complicating it. 

We approached this the other way round : if you regard paramedic colleagues like any other referring health-care professional (even though they may not have an ongoing duty of care to the patient, they certainly had that duty of care at the time they cared for them), then the situation is exactly analogous to:

  • Emergency Department staff in Major Trauma Units getting their summary of what-happened-next about patients referred to Major Trauma Centres (which is regarded as good practice)

  • Me (as an ED doctor in a rural DGH like my former hospital in NW Wales) ringing up the neurosurgical unit in a different country (England) to see how a patient did that I sent with a SAH.

  • A GP from the local GP Out of Hours service asking what happened to a patient they sent you yesterday

 

If you think that's perfectly reasonable (as surely we all do) then it's reasonable to let paramedics know what happened to their patient, so long as the feedback is handled securely and with the proper regard for confidentiality. If on the other hand your organisation doesn't think that's reasonable, that's fine, but then make sure that principle applies to all your HCP referrers and don't have one rule for doctor referrers who aren't employees of the same organisation and one for paramedic colleagues!

Retrieval 2018

BASICS/FPHC 2018

BASICS/FPHC 2018

BASICS/FPHC 2018