Reply to post: Re: unmemorable numeric string as foreign key

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Re: unmemorable numeric string as foreign key

I find that busy doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, and pharmacists can write 10 digits (as a 3,3,4 pattern) out clearly (enough) on the bits of paper I get sent that I can decipher them and put them into our systems. Far too often I have to take an educated guess at handwritten names, and from time to time I get dates of birth where the current year has been used instead of the birth year, or perhaps Britain's ageing population includes more centenarians....

So I prefer to have three identifying pieces of information when asked by a surgery if they can supply me with a copy of a report that we sent them weeks ago.

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