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New national investigation looks at outpatient appointments after hospital stays

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The Healthcare and Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) started a new national investigation looking into a safety risk involving outpatient follow-up appointments which are intended but not booked after an inpatient hospital stay.

If a patient does not receive their intended follow-up appointment, it could lead to patient harm owing to delayed or absent clinical care and treatment.

The investigation was launched after HSIB identified an event where a patient was discharged from hospital on two separate occasions with a plan to follow-up in outpatient clinics. Neither of the outpatient appointments were made.

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Source: HSIB, 20 December 2019

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