Our three general medical units provide general medical inpatient and outpatient services, and tertiary referral for complex medical patients.
General medicine see patients with:
- undifferentiated medical conditions including unclear diagnosis
- suspected malignancy without a tissue diagnosis (which is required for referral to Oncology services)
- multiple comorbidities where referral to two or more individual clinics will represent a burden on the patient
The service also reviews patients with single organ problems that do not require intervention by sub-specialists. There are a wide range of specialists, including infectious diseases, cardiology, endocrinology, renal, geriatrics, respiratory medicine and peri-operative.
All patients referred to specialist clinics are assigned to a priority category based on their clinical need and related psychosocial factors.
Many of our patients are admitted from Emergency and some are treated through our Hospital in the Home service.
We accept GP and specialist referrals for this service.
Referrals are triaged depending on priority. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.
To refer a patient, complete and send your referral to Outpatients by fax to (03) 9342 4234.
You can use the following form or a template from your own system:
Referrals should include:
- relevant clinical history for the patient
- the reason for referral
- patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
- your details and provider number
- the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)
- if your patient requires ongoing management, please identify the referral as being "indefinite"