Chlamydia: Do you know your patient's partner?

Couple in bed

Doctors who treat a patient for a chlamydia infection must record the contact details of their patient’s partner.

To minimise the risk that patients become reinfected with Chlamydia, it is acceptable practice for doctors to give their patients prescriptions for azithromycin for their patient's partner's use. 

Doctors who provide this patient-delivered treatment for Chlamydia are now required to record the partner's name and contact details (phone number or email address) in their medical notes.  These details must also be recorded on the prescription. 

See Schedule 4 clause 2 of the Health Practitioner Regulation (New South Wales) Regulation and clause 35(1)(b)(iii) of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation for details.