New advice to improve hospital-GP communication

Current efforts are inconsistent and too often fail to meet best practice, says AMA president

The AMA wants hospitals to inform GPs about a patient’s unplanned admission and discharge within 24 hours.


Concerned that patients are being let down by ineffective communication between hospitals and GPs, the organisation has released updated guidelines to improve transfer-of-care arrangements.

AMA president Dr Tony Bartone says communication efforts are inconsistent, with too many transfers not meeting best practice.

“Unfortunately, missing discharge summaries and slow — or no — communication too often lead to poor patient outcomes,”