GP referral to St Vincent’s
Clinical handover, including referrals of patients to Specialist Clinics, is an essential component in the delivery of safe, high quality care. Good communication from one healthcare provider to another reduces risk and improves patient care. Incomplete referrals may lead to a failure to appreciate the key aspects of the patient’s condition or care when decisions are being made.
All referrals sent to St Vincent's are triaged by a clinician. It is essential that all referrals include information that will allow the triage process to occur in a timely manner.
All GP referrals should include the following information:
- Patient name
- Patient contact details including mobile telephone number
- Medicare number
- Presenting symptoms, their evolution and duration
- Past history
- Relevant previous treatment
- Investigations (x-rays, ultrasounds, endoscopy findings, blood tests, bone density)
- Physical findings
- Details of any previous treatment including topical and systemic medications given to the patient for the condition
- Details of any associated medical issues which may affect the condition or its treatment (e.g. diabetes)
- Current medications
- Reason for GP referral (what is the problem to be answered by the specialist; urgency; degree of loss of function; pain experienced)
Clinical referral guidelines
Gastroenterology referral guidelines
Neurosurgery referral guidelines
Orthopaedic referral guidelines
Urology referral guidelines
St Vincent's is committed to the delivery of a coordinated, flexible and high quality ambulatory care service which is responsive to the needs of patients, GPs and other health service providers.
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