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Are you using the yellow envelope?

By now you should all be familiar with the ‘yellow envelope’ that is being used for the transfer of clinical information. Following its successful adoption at Northland District Health Board (DHB), the initiative was launched in March 2013 at Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs.

The goal is that a yellow envelope accompanies every resident who is transferred to hospital for evaluation and treatment from a residential aged care facility. A yellow envelope is also completed on every resident transferred to a residential aged care facility from hospital. This is to ensure an improved transfer of key clinical information between hospitals and residential aged care facilities.

Through the consistent use of the yellow envelope the expectation is that it will:

  • ­Provide essential information to hospital staff and lead to the most appropriate evaluation of the resident.
  • Ensure the safe handover of the resident to hospital staff.
  • Ensure that essential information accompanies the resident on their return to the residential aged care facility.
  • Ensure that all care providers have access to relevant clinical information to provide care.

This will improve both patient/resident safety and experience

It will provide valuable learning to have your input into how the ‘yellow envelope’ process is working or how the process could be improved. Therefore, please can you help us by completing the Yellow Envelope Survey at the following link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y9Z6BSX by Friday 30 August 2013.

All completed entries will go into a draw to win a $75.00 gift voucher of your choice.