What Is The Guide?




If you’re a patient or carer (someone who looks after someone else), and you use primary care services, this guide is for you.

What is primary care?

Primary care includes:

  • general practitioners (GPs)
  • community pharmacists
  • practice nurses
  • healthcare assistants
  • some other providers of healthcare in the community.

Primary care does not include hospital inpatient care.

This guide will help you to decide what questions you want to ask when meeting with any of the above primary care healthcare professionals.

What is the guide?

The guide includes:

  • useful information and tips
  • forms for you to fill in before or after a consultation
  • things to think about when you are going into or coming out of hospital
  • forms to record your health conditions and medications

The forms can be used before and after meeting with your GP or practice nurse, or visiting a pharmacy. They are important, because preparing in advance will help you to get the best results from your healthcare.

Can I download the guide?

Yes, the guide is available to download in full, or you can choose the parts that are most relevant to you. To make the guide even more useful, you can fill in the forms online and then email them to yourself. You can also download them for your records.

The information that you add to the forms is not stored or recorded on the website. Information that you add is encrypted, so you can be sure nobody else will see it unless you decide to show them.

There is also a Patient Safety Guide app that can be downloaded to your Android or Apple device. You can download the app at:
– iOs: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/the-patient-safety-guide/id1434662301
– Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digitalworkroom.patientsafetyguide

In this guide, only include information that you don’t mind other people seeing. Keep this guide in a safe place.

We recommend you destroy old versions when they contain out-of-date information.

This is not a replacement for your medical record.

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