E-Mail has clearly become the mainstay of general communication, but this can raise issues when used for communicaion of sensitive patient medical related information.

Recently a position paper was published from the American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards.

This examines and provides recommendations about the influence of social media on the patient-physician relationship, the role of these media in public perception of physician behaviors, and strategies for physician-physician communication that preserve confidentiality while best using these technologies.

Mr Spaldings policy on using E-mail for communication is to follow the recommendations ( see Link) which are compiled from the US article and from UK GMC and professional indemnity sources

 Full Reference: Online Medical Professionalism: Patient and Public Relationships: Policy Statement From the American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards
Jeanne M. Farnan, MD, MHPE, et al.: Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(8):620-627.

If you do not wish to receive communication by email then please inform Mr Spalding or his office