Example Referral Letter to Specialist for Diagnosis


Referral to Dermatologist

Dear Dr. [Dermatologist's Name],

I hope this email finds you in good health and high spirits. I am writing to refer one of my patients, Mr. John Smith, to your esteemed dermatology practice for further evaluation and treatment. I believe his case requires specialised attention, and I trust your expertise in providing the highest level of care.

Mr. John Smith, a 45-year-old Caucasian male, presented to my general practice clinic on July 14, 2022, with a complaint of persistent skin rashes and recurrent itching. Upon thorough examination, I observed erythematous papules and vesicles primarily localized on his arms, legs, and trunk. The lesions appeared consistent with a typical presentation of contact dermatitis.

As a responsible and collaborative healthcare professional, I have diligently attempted to manage Mr. Smith's condition with conservative measures over the past two months. I initiated allergen avoidance and prescribed topical corticosteroids, such as hydrocortisone cream, to alleviate his symptoms. However, despite adequate compliance with the treatment plan, his skin eruptions have persisted and shown no signs of improvement.

Given the chronic and recalcitrant nature of Mr. Smith's condition, I believe it is imperative to refer him to a board-certified dermatologist who can provide a comprehensive evaluation and offer specialised treatments, if necessary. I trust that with your extensive experience and knowledge, you will be able to determine the underlying cause and recommend an appropriate management plan for him.

In addition to his skin symptoms, Mr. Smith has a relevant medical history that may require further consideration during his dermatological assessment. He has a long-standing diagnosis of atopic dermatitis and has been successfully managed with topical moisturizers and intermittent use of mild corticosteroid creams. Moreover, he has a history of seasonal allergies and is currently taking daily antihistamine medication (loratadine 10mg) for symptom control.

To support this referral and facilitate a seamless transition of care, I have attached copies of Mr. Smith's pertinent medical records, including his previous laboratory results, previous treatment plans, and his most recent pathology reports. Please review these documents at your convenience, as they contain valuable information for a comprehensive evaluation of his case.

Should you require any further information or have specific inquiries regarding Mr. Smith's presentation, please do not hesitate to contact me directly via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). I am more than willing to assist you in any way possible to ensure the continuity and effective management of Mr. Smith's healthcare needs.

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude in advance for accepting this referral and for the excellent care I am confident you will provide to Mr. John Smith. I hold your esteemed professional opinion in high regard and believe that your expertise will greatly benefit his ongoing treatment.

Thank you for your time, expertise, and dedication to patients' well-being. I look forward to future collaboration and am confident that with your intervention, Mr. Smith will receive the care he urgently requires.

With warm regards,

[Your Name]
[Your Title]
[Your Contact Information]
Pharmacist Shilpa Patel

Shilpa Patel

Lead Presscribing Pharmacist and GP partner at WellBN

Creator of AskShilpa.com, I also write for the Chemist & Druggist and EmpowHER and am passionate about inspiring and encouraging pharmacists to explore new avenues and promoting excellence in the field. I have over 17 years of experience in community pharmacy and 8 years as a clinical pharmacist. Through my work, I have gained a deep understanding of general practice by creating and supervising a team of nine pharmacists and training them in their individual roles. I have also led on a GP merger and successfully run a benzodiazepine detox clinic. Additionally, I have been the medication lead for a primary care organization.
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Reviewed Date: 2023-07-25

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