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"Kindly" in medical notes

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Orangeblossom78 Thu 05-Dec-19 15:30:51

I got some copies of medical notes about an operation a few years ago. It was an emergency and needed admission through A & E etc.

Anyway, I noticed in the notes it says the surgeons had 'kindly' said they would accept the patient and come and see me (in A & E) I had previous surgery there.

AIBU or is this a bit odd? Surely yes they would see a patient needed admitted, not because they were 'being kind'.

Makes me feel a bit worried in case of another admission.

Wishiwascrafty Thu 05-Dec-19 15:42:40

This is very like a thread last night. You’re all reading far too much into your notes. Kindly is just being polite toward the Surgical team. They have kindly accepted the referral as opposed to asking the ED to sort out the problem. It does not in any way imply judgement on you. I write it often.

Greywalls12 Thu 05-Dec-19 15:43:31

Not odd, nothing to worry about. It's commonly used in my place of work, it's just courteous to the person reviewing e.g. the surgeons in your case.
I don't see the need for it, but some people are insistent on writing it

Disfordarkchocolate Thu 05-Dec-19 15:44:46

Nothing to worry about, just a form of polite communication. I'm a bit confused about why people get so worried about this sort of thing.

crosser62 Thu 05-Dec-19 15:45:19

Yep similar thread the other day.
It’s just fostering good relations between specialities... they are nice people surgeons and drs, they kinda put up with a lot of shit over the years, it’s about being nice to one another in the battlefield if you will.
That’s it. Nothing else to it.

Perch Thu 05-Dec-19 15:45:45

It’s just a turn if phrase. ‘Kindly accept patient x with foreign body in his eye’, like kind regards or best wishes. Manners on paper. That’s all.

fairgame84 Thu 05-Dec-19 15:47:59

It's a doctor thing, they love the word. I work on a ward where specialities refer to each other and they always say "kindly accepted" or "kindly agreed". Last week a doctor asked me if I would "kindly" do bloods on a patient.

Livebythecoast Thu 05-Dec-19 15:55:26

Yes it's a very common term. I type medical referrals and most Doctors I dictate for say at the end 'therefore, would you kindly see/review this patient'.
Not sure why you would be worried about further admissions. Of course you'd be seen (even if they don't ask kindly wink) please don't worry

Seapink2 Thu 05-Dec-19 16:16:54

It’s normal don’t worry!
I work in the NHS and see lots of referrals. Lots of pleasantries such as this are very common.

GinDaddy Thu 05-Dec-19 16:21:42

It's a common term, there is literally nothing at all to worry about. Accept the pleasantries as a good thing rather than concern yourself.

elliejjtiny Thu 05-Dec-19 16:27:23

They always say that. They are just being nice to the surgeons. If you get seen in clinic they always write that it was a pleasure seeing you in their report.

Orangeblossom78 Thu 05-Dec-19 16:28:38

Thanks! Yes it is daft how we read stuff into these notes. I thought it meant something else such as they were do g it out of kindness! As an aside it is funny the way this is used quite often, and the other formalities in doctor's / surgeons writing. Such as 'pleasant patient' and the like.

Bloodybridget Thu 05-Dec-19 16:34:40

Yes orangeblossom I've had a lot of copies of letter to my GP from various hospital consultants, they're all agreed that I'm a "very pleasant lady" (ha!) and apparently it's always been a pleasure to review my case at an appointment!
I did wonder if "pleasant lady" was code for "not a complete nutjob".

WorryBadger Thu 05-Dec-19 16:35:25

Yes, it's pretty standard medical letter stuff. You'll see things like, "Thank you for referring this pleasant xx-year old woman to me..." and lots of kindlys

Orangeblossom78 Thu 05-Dec-19 16:36:22

I have 'pleasant' on some, just 'lady' on others and on one 'delightful'! Not sure if this is about me or them, some surgeons can be a bit old school..

Areyoufree Thu 05-Dec-19 16:37:19

I've had a lot of copies of letter to my GP from various hospital consultants, they're all agreed that I'm a "very pleasant lady"

WTF!?! My notes say I am a pleasant lady! Now I don’t feel special!

Devereux1 Thu 05-Dec-19 16:42:22

Standard wording. Shows deference etc, harks back to the elite nature of surgeons etc, form of respect etc. Nothing unusual here.

EL8888 Thu 05-Dec-19 16:44:34

It’s just doctor speak. Nothing to worry about at all and doesn’t mean anything. I’ve seen this phrase used about me and seen used lots of time at work (I work in healthcare)

bridgetreilly Thu 05-Dec-19 16:46:46

"Kindly do X" means, "Do X or you will be in serious professional trouble."

Orangeblossom78 Thu 05-Dec-19 16:47:08

This is really helpful. It was something life threatening that time, and I was left thinking when I saw the notes, "what if they had not been feeling kind and hadn't seen me?" It did seem to me as if they felt I had maybe come in anxious and they were just seeing me to reassure me or something! Funny how we can interpret things quite differently.

listsandbudgets Thu 05-Dec-19 16:50:11

I've seen kindly in my notes too.

What always worries me more is if a medical professional refers to me as "interesting"

rhubarbcrumbles Thu 05-Dec-19 16:50:29

I used to see if quite often when I was still working for the NHS 'KIndly see this pleasant man/woman/etc who.....' was a common one.
It's just social niceties and good manners.

Orangesox Thu 05-Dec-19 16:50:39

Clinician speak and a smattering of ego-massaging - absolute nothing to worry about.

“Dear Dr Blackadder,

Today in clinic I reviewed this pleasant gentleman who tells me x,y & z.

Therefore, I would be grateful if you could kindly follow this up and advise me of any onward referrals at your earliest convenience.

Many Thanks & Kind Regards

Insert Speciality Here”

20viona Thu 05-Dec-19 16:53:21

Why do people read into this so much? It's just something doctors say! Like when they say 'this pleasant gentleman' this could mean this nice bloke or this complete arse it's just a standard thing!

TheTrollFairy Thu 05-Dec-19 16:53:28

As a patient I see this.
‘This patient was kindly referred to my clinic’ etc.
As others have said, it’s just being polite on paper

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