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    Becoming or Being

    Hi

    I am referring to patients who have failed to attend a recent appointment and, as a result, we will de-register them from the practice. Which of the following is correct?

    "Please inform the patient that any further failed to attend appointments may result in becoming de-registered."

    "Please inform the patient that any further failed to attend appointments may result in being de-registered."

    Also, when writing the word 'patient' we abbreviate to 'Pt' (in-house, of course). Is this correct or should both letters be capitalised?

    Many thanks

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    Re: Becoming or Being

    I'd write: "any further failure to attend an appointment" and 'deregister'. I don't think it matters whether you put 'being' or 'becoming'. "Being deregistered" implies that someone will deregister you. "Becoming deregistered" implies that the patient's status will change. One implies the other in this context.

    'Pt' as an abbreviation for 'patient' does not require either letter to be a capital. But PT is wrong, as is pT. PT is acceptable.

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    Re: Becoming or Being

    If the patient fails to attend another appointment, the name will be struck off the register.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Becoming or Being

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, ColgateSmile:


    Just thought that you might like to know that here in the United States (or at least in my part of the country), it is more natural to refer to a failure to keep an appointment. (Until I read your post, I had never heard of anyone "attending" an appointment. Thank you for teaching me that expression.)

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    Re: Becoming or Being

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I had never heard of anyone "attending" an appointment.
    I think this is because an appointment is an arrangement instead of a meeting, but i am not a teacher.

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    Re: Becoming or Being

    Parser has a point but apparently, it has been commonly used.

    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=atten...ppointment&l=0

    Better to say: turn up/show up for an appointment
    I am not a teacher.

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