How to write a good referral letter (C-70310)

28 February 2019
Winter 2019

What makes a good referral letter, what information is a ‘must-have’, and how much information is too much? Kathy Oxtoby reports.

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Communication Standards Of Practice

Writing an effective referral letter is an essential skill for optometrists, and ensuring the correct procedure is followed brings many benefits for patients and for the profession.

Producing a good referral letter means patients are more likely to be seen in an appropriate timescale at the appropriate clinic. And health professionals are more likely to write back if they can see that you have taken the time to write a good letter. “This builds up trust between you and the person you are referring to,” says Wendy Newsom MCOptom, an independent optometrist in Herefordshire.

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