Getting patient notes right

Taking notes is a crucial part of general practice, and improved record-keeping can benefit GPs and patients

Every Friday, I go mountain biking with my best friend Tony, an orthopaedic surgeon.

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At the end of climbs, we catch our breath and catch up on the week. At the top of one hill, we gasped through this exchange:

"M [Tony's wife, also a hospital specialist] and I were arguing about GP referrals last night," Tony panted.

"Oh yes?" I wheezed.

"We agreed there is no compulsion to send GPs letters, but I argued that out of all the specialists, psychiatrists at least should do it."

"Um, Tony, have you or M ever read the [Medical Board of Australia's]

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