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.


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]