When taking a drug history from a patient, We have to follow some basic steps. In this context,
Does the following question sound correct when I am explaining or training preregistration pharmacist?

Where did the patient come from?
Where has the patient come from?
Where do the patient come from?
I know the first sounds correct. Which tense is correct in the given context and please explain why?

The answer to the above could be from their home, a care or nursing home, another hospital and this is a critical step to ensure that the information is up to date and complete. Sometimes we need to order the drug chart from another hospital if they haven't sent it with the patient when they get transferred.

JigneshbharatiWhere did the patient come from?

Among those, this is the correct choice (above).

You can also use the present.

Where does the patient come from?

I think the present tense is the one you really want.

In training others, you say one of these:

Be sure to find out where the patient is from.
Find out where the patient lives.
Ask the patient for their address.

In asking the patient, you say:

Where are you from?
Where do you live?
What is your address?



In Canada, when I visit a pharmacist, I always have a prescription from a doctor. That seems to have all the information that the pharmacist needs.

Is the system different in your country? If you explain a little, I will be able to help you better.


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Why can't we use present perfect here?

Where has the patient come from?

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Why can't we use present perfect here?

Where has the patient come from?

This is correct grammar. But if a pharmacist in Canada asked me 'Where have you come from', I'd say 'What do you mean?'


I work for the NHS in the U.K as a senior Pharmacy Technician. I work on acute wards and take a drug history from a patient when they are admitted to our wards. The aim of the medicine reconciliation is to get an up to date and complete list of medicines that the patient was taking before the admission and then the doctors would decide which medicine to continue, change or stop. I do have access to their GP ( general practitioner) records I.e. patient's regular treatment from his general practitioner but it gets complicated when patients are transferred from another hospitals and also when they get treatment from multiple places. Sometimes patient is not in a state to talk to and you have to use the right resources and your professional judgment to create that list of medicine that the patient was taking before admission.

Calling next of kin

If they are from care or nursing home, speak to them

Another clinician or healthcare professional if they are involved in patient's care

I'd ask the patient more specific questions.


Do you live at home?

Are you from a nursing home?

Have you transferred here from another hospital?

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The context: I am training other staff how to take a drug history and I want to highlight the importance of that question in relation to patient's drug history . patient is admitted and before you speak to the patient by using various sources you will make your list of medicine and then you will confirm with the patient or their relative if the patient can't confirm. I hope it makes sense!

Past simple vs present perfect vs present simple , which tense fit the best in the given context?

I am telling my staff, for taking a good drug history...

Where did the patient come from?

Where have ....

Where does the patient....

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