Ten top tips for writing an outpatient letter

Reference: 
BFCO(19)8
Date: 
2019
Date of next review: 
2022
Status: 
Current

These new top ten tips for writing outpatient letters highlight the key points to remember when drafting letters. The key areas of focus are:

  1. Being clear on why you are writing the letter
  2. Writing letters directly to the patient whenever possible
  3. Using headings throughout the letter
  4. Keeping the letter brief, clear, readable and relevant
  5. Making sure that information is up to date, accurate and unambiguous
  6. The treatment summary: a tool for the patient and handover of care
  7. Opinion, updated treatment plan and next steps
  8. Contact details
  9. Dictation 
  10. Feedback

The RCR hosted a webinar on 'Please see and treat' the art of letter writing for trainee oncologists which is available for Fellows and members to view on the eLearning hub.