COVID Positive Pathways - Information and Resources for GPs

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (SVHM) participates in the Victorian COVID Positive Pathways (CPP) program which aims to:

  1. Provide phone-based care and support for coronavirus (COVID-19) positive patients to enable individuals to isolate safely.
  2. Ensure that those patients who are at risk of deteriorating quickly are identified early and transitioned to higher levels of care (e.g. Hospital in the Home (HITH) or inpatient care).

SVHM is part of the North East Public Health Unit, along with Austin Health, Northern Health and Eastern Health.

COVID positive patients are allocated to CPP based on their residential postcode. St Vincent’s provides CPP for people residing in the following postcodes:

3002 East Melbourne    

3053 Carlton, Carlton South

3054 Carlton North, Princes Hill 

3065 Fitzroy

3066 Collingwood, Collingwood Nth       

3067 Abbotsford

3068 Clifton Hill, Fitzroy North                  

3070 Northcote, Northcote South

3101 Kew, Cotham                                                         

3121 Richmond, Richmond East/North/South, Cremorne, Burnley, Burnley North

3122 Hawthorn, Hawthorn North, Hawthorn West, Auburn South, Glenferrie South

SVHM CPP operates 9am-5pm 7 days week and can be contacted via healthmonitor@svha.org.au or 9231 4900. Patients are also provided with contact details for after-hours clinical concerns and escalation through HITH (if they are being cared for by SVHM HITH) or Northern Hospital’s Virtual Emergency Department.

As of November 2021, people assessed as low or medium risk are supported by SVHM CPP. In the near future, we envisage that low risk consumers will increasingly receive their CPP care via General Practitioners.

Access to Medical Therapies For COVID-19

SVHM has established a clinic for the administration of sotrovimab and other therapies as they become available to eligible patients. Patients who meet the eligibility criteria (see below) can be referred to the clinic Ph 9231 3769.

Sotrovimab infusions are proven to be effective in reducing disease severity and the requirement for hospital admission due to COVID-19 infection.

The clinic is located on Princess St, via the entrance opposite Regent St.

Hours of Operation

  • The service is available Monday to Friday 8am-4:30pm

Eligibility criteria

  • COVID-19 positive with symptom onset less than 5 days
  • No oxygen therapy or ventilation required
  • 0 or 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccination  

and the presence of at least one of the following:

  • Immunosuppressed (irrespective of vaccination status)
  • Age ≥ 50 years
  • Diabetes (requiring medication)
  • Obesity (BMI > 30 kg/m2)
  • Chronic kidney disease (i.e. eGFR < 60 by MDRD)
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Cardiovascular disease - including hypertension requiring medication
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (history of chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive lung disease, or emphysema with dyspnoea on physical exertion)
  • Moderate-to-severe asthma (requiring an inhaled steroid to control symptoms or have been prescribed a course of oral steroids in the previous 12 months)  

Referral process

Please contact the clinic on Ph 9231 3769. Referral information to include:

  • Patient’s St Vincent’s Hospital UR (if known)
  • Patient’s full name
  • Date of onset of first symptom   

(Sotrovimab must be administered < 5 days from symptom onset)

Medical history including condition(s) confirming eligibility

  • Interpreter requirements
  • Transport requirements

Long COVID

St Vincent’s Community Rehabilitation services at Fairfield and Kew are accepting referrals for people with enduring symptoms (at least 8-12 weeks post COVID infection). The program offers person-centred multi-disciplinary allied health intervention tailored to the individual’s symptoms and aimed at optimising function in everyday activities. Please send referrals (including medical summary) to SVHM’s Health Independence Programs Central Intake Fax 9231 2202, Ph 1300 131 470 for patients residing in cities of Yarra, Darebin (South of Preston) and Boroondara. For patients outside these local government areas, please refer to HealthPathways for local rehabilitation services.

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