OET letter types in the OET writing module

OET Letter types in the Writing modules
OET Letter types in the Writing Modules

OET Letter Types in the OET Writing Module

In the OET writing session, you need to plan and write a letter to another healthcare professional based on a real-life healthcare scenario. This letter should include detailed information about the patient. Brief information like the patient’s past medical history, family details, and current medical conditions should be mentioned in the letter. In most hospitals, nurses and junior staff are responsible for writing such letters with little to no help from senior staff.

Please note that this letter will be used by other healthcare professionals to provide further treatment to the patient, so clarity of information is of utmost importance. This makes it equally essential for nurses to be thorough when writing a letter in the OET exam, as the assessor will check the details of the information provided in the letter.

There are three types of letters commonly asked in the OET writing test:

  1. Referral Letter: A temporary transfer of a patient to another doctor or hospital for specific treatment.
  2. Transfer Letter: A permanent transfer of a patient to another hospital or department for treatment.
  3. Discharge Letter: A letter provided to the patient at the time of release from the hospital after treatment, including all treatment details of the patient.

Most of the content in the above letters remains the same, and candidates are required to communicate essential information between primary and secondary healthcare, giving the receiving clinician/department a detailed report about the patient’s medical background and the purpose of writing the letter. In the above cases, the conclusion will differ as it will explain the further treatment required to be provided to the patient by the recipient healthcare centre. In the case of a discharge letter, the candidate needs to mention the clinical report and its details.

Are you confused about when to use ‘refer’?

‘Refer’ is used when a patient is referred to another doctor or healthcare centre for the first time. It makes no sense in English to use ‘refer’ when replying to a referral letter. It is imperative to understand the situation in question and to whom the letter has to be written.

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