The GP Liaison Unit assists general practitioners (GPs) to navigate the services provided by St Vincent’s Hospital. The team also works to improve communication between the hospital and general practice.
Health Alert: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Please see the latest information for health services and general practitioners from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Please note; this advice can change daily, so please check this site regularly:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION for GPs
St Vincent’s Outpatient Clinics asks GPs to not refer non-urgent patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
During the current COVID-19 crisis, hospital resources are being directed away from non-urgent care to allow capacity for the predicted surge in severely sick patients. As a result, St Vincent’s Specialist Clinics will only be able to accept new referrals for patients with urgent conditions such as new cancers or other time-critical diagnoses.
Many Outpatients are already being managed through telehealth or telephone consultations to minimise risk of spread of the virus.
We ask GPs in these extraordinary times TO NOT REFER NON-URGENT PATIENTS they would normally send for an opinion or advice.
Please manage these patients as best you can until the surge is over and use excellent resources such as HealthPathways https://melbourne.healthpathways.org.au .
St Vincent’s is preparing to look at other ways to support GP care such as a GP Hotline for Specialist clinical advice.
St Vincent’s Fever Clinic for COVID-19 Testing:
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (Fitzroy) has established a Fever Clinic for COVID-19 testing. It is a separate isolated consultation clinic, open 8am – 8pm every day.
Please first refer to the latest information for health services and general practitioners from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/health-services-and-general-practitioners-coronavirus-disease-covid-19. Note: This advice can change daily, so please check this site regularly.
The St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Fever Clinic COVID-19 hotline can be contacted on 1800 444 511.
National Health Services Directory
Please ensure your practice details are up-to-date in the National Health Services Directory (NHSD) https://about.healthdirect.gov.au/nhsd so that correspondence about your patient's care can be sent from the hospital. To update your clinic and GP details: Phone: (02) 9263 9092 or email: email@example.com
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GP Liaison - GP enquiries
GP Liaison Coordinator - Wendy Thomas
Phone: (03) 9231 4781
GP Liaison Consultant - Dr David Isaac
Phone: (03) 9231 3208 (Tuesday & Friday)
St Vincent's Hospital Switchboard
Phone: (03) 9231 2211 (For urgent advice, please page the unit registrar)
Health Information Services
St Vincent’s Hospital sends the following patient information to GPs following patient attendance and generally within the following timeframes:
- Discharge summary – within 48 hours
- Letter from Emergency Department – within 48 hours
- Letter from Specialist Clinics (initial appointment/discharge) – 5 working days
Please contact Health Information Services if you have not received correspondence or if you require a discharge summary or outpatient letter
Phone: (03) 9231 2760
Fax: (03) 9231 2785 (Please note: this fax number is not for referrals, see Specialist Clinics below)
Phone: (03) 9231 2898 (GP enquiries)
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Friday: 8:30am to 4:00pm, or please leave a message.
Fax: (03) 9231 3489 (Referrals)
Phone: (03) 9231 4300
St Vincent's Private Radiology
Phone: (03) 9231 1000
Phone: (03) 9231 2888
St Vincent's Pathology
Emergency Department Senior Clinician on Call
Phone: (03) 9231 4356
- Click here to visit HealthPathways Melbourne
GP portal for information on clinical conditions including assessment, management and referral advice.
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