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Certification - Continuing Care

Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014, 1065 views

More and more GPs are being asked to provide Continuing Care Reports.  A GP is required to always act in the patient's best interests, and this information should only be provided with the patient's consent.

Where a simple statement of fact regarding major diagnoses and current medication is requested in order to assist a placement decision this falls within the GMS contract  and no fee should be charged . This Continuing Care Assessment Form  may be helpful if you are asked for information to inform a CHC decision.

Part 1 of this form clarifies information what should be provided free of charge as this is considered to form part of essential services.

Part 2 allows the GP to provide additional information that would be helpful. This is NOT obligatory but it will not attract a fee. (i.e. do this bit out of good will if you wish but you don't have to.)

NB:  We would suggest that where a full clinical assessment is required as part of a comprehensive care record, a consultant or other clinician in the multidisciplinary team should be asked to prepare this.

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