Assigning a Patient

Mail Manager is intended primarily for clinical messages relating to a specific patient. On receipt of a message, the patient is normally identified and assigned automatically.

Occasionally, the patient name supplied by the originator of the message, cannot be identified automatically. This may occur because the patient does not exist on your Vision system or because the details provided in the message are insufficient or incorrect.

An unassigned patient is highlighted by the supplied name being prefixed with an asterisk:

To assign or re-assign a patient to a message:

Note - You cannot re-assign the patient on a filed message.
  1. From Mail Manager , you can either:
  • Right click on an unassigned or unfiled message, select Assign to Patient or Re-Assign to Patient.
  • Tick message(s) and select Patient - Ticked - Assign to Patient or Re-Assign to Patient.
  • Highlight a message and select Patient - Highlighted - Assign to Patient or Re-Assign to Patient.
  1. The Assign Patient screen displays:

  1. The message details are shown in the top pane, a list of possible matches to the Vision patient register is shown in the bottom pane. The Match column lists by possible matches as follows:
  • A match on NHS number. If there is a match on NHS number and all the other fields, you are warned when selecting another patient and strongly discouraged from doing so.
  • A good match (at least the first two characters) on Surname and Forename and an exact match for both sex and date of birth.
  • An exact match on date of birth.
  • A good match (at least the first two characters) on Surname and Forename and an exact match for one or either of sex or date of birth.
  • A good match (at least the first two characters) on Surname and Forename.
  • A good match (at least the first two characters) on Surname.
Note - You can sort the columns by selecting the column header, so if, for instance, you are sure that Olive Beer is female, you can sort the ‘matched on sex’ column so as to demote all male patients that may appear as possible matches.
  1. You must then either:
    • Select a patient from the offered match list, or
    • Choose Select to find the patient you require in the usual way.
Note - When finding a patient, if you have Active Patients Only selected, only active patients are offered. Remove this tick if you are assigning to a transferred out patient. You are warned that the patient is no longer active but assign and file to the correct patient anyway. It is your clinical responsibility to forward any result for a transferred out patient to the patient's new practice, in paper format or electronically, for the benefit of the patient's new clinician.
  1. Select OK once the required patient has been selected.

All assignment and reassignment of patients are fully audited.

See Finding Unassigned Mail, Audit tab for further details.