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Writing Purpose in an OET Letter

Purpose is very important in the first and last paragraphs of an OET letter. Many candidates present the less important purpose and confuse the recipient of the letter.

  • Suppose Mr John is a patient who is at the terminal stage of cancer.
  • His doctors have concluded that he will not survive 50 to 60 days.
  • He is, therefore, being sent to a palliative care hospice for a pain-free, dignified life till death.
  • Today he fell down and wounded his elbow for which he has been treated.

Now, what is the purpose?

  • Injury?
  • Transfer to palliative care?

Certainly his fall and subsequent injury is NOT the main purpose but his cancer-related information and the kind of arrangement to be made at the care center.

Proceed to the Cases below and pick the correct Purpose:

You are the charge nurse on the hospital ward where Mr. Gabriel Okara has recently had his operation. Using the information provided in the case notes, write a referral letter to the Community Nurse Head at Care Well Hospital, Birmingham, who will be attending to Mr. Alfred Billy, at his home, following his discharge.

  1. Home care
  2. Admission
  3. Assessment
  4. Advice

Write a letter to Ms Marcia Devonport, West End Physiotherapy Centre, on behalf of Mrs Elizabeth Dawson requesting a home visit to provide advice and assistance with improving her husband’s mobility.

  1. Home visit to monitor medication
  2. Transfer to another facility

Write a letter of referral to Brunswick Family Care Clinic, requesting monitoring and ongoing care be arranged for Mrs Brampton. Community Nurse to make sure Mrs Brampton continues her cessation of smoking – with the help of Nicotine patches and Zyban.

Plan: Monitor urine – monitor blood sugar levels with glucometer – Needs to be educated re Diabetes and importance of special diet – Needs to attend formal diabetic education program (daytime classes at Hospital) – Increase Daonil from 15 to 20mg per day – Needs vision checked every two to three months – Needs to lose weight – has increased 3.5kg in last 6 months – Suggest a suitable exercise program ? Swimming. (This patient has been in your care for the past 10 years. During the past 8 years Mrs Williams has developed diabetes. It is not well controlled. You are now referring her on to a Public Health Nurse to take over the management of this patient)

  1. Manage the patient at her / his facility
  2. Manage the patient at the sender’s facility

Written by Biju John

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