When we request investigations for our patients, they are always part of a carefully considered management plan aimed at clarifying a medical problem as quickly as possible. On rare occasions we will carry out investigations for a consultant to whom we have referred our patient and who requests the investigation in writing. We remain responsible for all the tests that we request and are obliged to follow up the results and take action where appropriate. For that reason, we are unable to carry out investigations for other doctors whom we have no interaction. This includes family doctors and specialists in other countries.
Similarly, should a doctor with whom we have no interaction request a particular medication for a patient, it is his/her responsibility to prescibe it. If we ultimately prescribe for a patient in such circumstances, we will take over medical management to allow us to monitor the effects of such treatment.
Dr Freer & Dr Dunston