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 (Update 13 May 2020)
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Specialist Clinics now accepting referrals
- With the success of public health measures against COVID-19, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne is now accepting referrals to our Specialist Clinics.
- Referrals will be supported with telehealth and phone consultation platforms. Some minimal face to face consultation is available.
- All clinics are able to accept the full range of GP referrals including those seeking an opinion or advice on diagnosis and management.
- Thank you to all our referrers for your support during this time.
Please don't forget the excellent resource: HealthPathways https://melbourne.healthpathways.org.au .
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.
St Vincent’s Mental Health Services COVID-19 Update
All functions of the Mental Health Service will continue to operate and is still accepting referrals. However, telephone contact and triaging will replace face to face care where safe to do so. If the usual Mental Health Triage number (Phone 1300 558 862 - 24hrs) is not working, please contact Psych Triage via the hospital switchboard 9231 2211.
More information for general practitioners (GPs): Working Together Through COVID-19.
*Advance care planning and COVID-19: resources for general practitioners*
Older people including those with chronic and/or life limiting illnesses are the most susceptible and have the worst outcomes. If these groups become infected, knowing their preferences for future medical treatment decision-making will be an important element of their health care. Please click on the fact sheet links below:
ACP COVID-19 fact sheet for GPs
Advance care planning frequently asked questions: General Practice
For more information: https://www.advancecareplanning.org.au/for-health-and-care-workers/covid-19-web#/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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