Policy on requests from third party providers of pathology specimens for second opinion

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt made this Official Information request to Northland District Health Board

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear DHB,

I am a New Zealand citizen, which is demonstrated by the fact that the MoH has already confirmed my citizenship prior to responding to my OIA requests (or a google search of my name).

The Royal College of Pathologists Australasia has a policy titled "Provision of second opinions with particular reference to morphological examination", which addresses the best practice with regards to referral for second and subsequent opinion of pathology specimens.

Request 1:
I respectfully request your DHB's policy on second opinions requested by a third party who is a medical practitioner currently involved in the medical care of the patient from whom the pathological material was originally obtained.

Request 2:
In the event that your DHB deviates from the aforementioned RCPA policy, I request an explanation for why your DHB deviates from best practice.

Please note, my request does not reflect the standard of care provided at your DHB, but is to ascertain whether there is consistent adherence to RCPA best practice amongst all NZ DHBs.

Yours faithfully,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: Kathryn Leydon (NDHB)
Northland District Health Board


Attachment Van Wey Lovatt Path 2nd Opinion 6 Apr 20.pdf
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Dear Amy

Northland DHB's response to your Official Information Act request is attached.

Regards
Kathryn Leydon

Director Governance & Compliance 
Northland DHB
Tel 09 430 4100 ext 60640
[mobile number]
email [email address]

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear Kathryn Leydon (NDHB),

Thank you very much for responding to my OIA request, and so quickly. I am pleased to see that NDHB complies with the professional standards, as outlined by the RCPA policy.

Yours sincerely,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: Kathryn Leydon (NDHB)
Northland District Health Board

I am out of the office until 2 June  2020.  Please direct any urgent
queries to Julie Shepherd at [email address]

 

 

 

 

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