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A new Mental Health Discharge Summary

A new Mental Health Discharge Summary has been developed to help standardise the information that GPs receive when a patient is discharged from in-patient mental health care. (Published: 09 October 2012)

Over the years GPs, patients and carers have expressed concerns that information received has been inconsistent or too detailed. This can lead to poor patient care.

To meet this need, standards and summaries have been designed to provide useful, succinct information to help doctors improve the continuity of care.

Please read the full Royal College of Psychiatrists press release. The Mental Health Discharge Summary will now be implemented at a number of Mental Health Trusts.