Forum: I’m a doctor, but don’t have my script pad


“I often work in holiday locations as a locum and am approached by customers who claim to be a doctor on holidays, usually working in a public hospital, and wanting to write a script for themselves. The conversation usually goes, I don’t have a script pad with me, can I get a piece of paper to write on.

Universally, it seems that they don’t have any card from AHPRA, and because they work in a hospital they have no business card either. I wonder how others handle this situation…”

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1 Comment

  1. Karl Staben
    21/06/2017

    If I don’t know the person, I just ask for photo ID with a signature on it (such as drivers licence).
    I then check the name on the AHPRA website, and you can very quickly find if the person is a registered practitioner. By gently explaining that I need to be able to verify legitimacy, I have never had any issues.

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