The RMH, the Women’s, Western Health, BreaCan and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network provide the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program.
- Care is provided by the RMH, the Women’s, Western Health, BreaCan and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network
- Follow-up care for patients who have completed active breast cancer treatment
What we do
The Breast Cancer Survivorship Program provides improved follow-up care for patients who have completed active breast cancer treatment.
This model actively involves patients and their GPs, and recognises the specific issues and opportunities that exist at the end of active treatment to support people to live well. This includes developing a follow-up care plan and implementing a shared arrangement between the Breast Service and the General Practice.
This model of care results in better coordinated and more personal health care planning and management.
We would like patients to feel more educated and empowered about their ongoing health care and this program will identify and address the immediate and future needs in terms of follow-up care, and improve systems that share information between patients, their GP, other community services and the hospitals to improve quality of care.
Eligible patients will have:
- A consultation with a Breast Care Nurse at the end of active breast cancer treatment
- An individualised follow-up care plan developed at the hospital
The care plan includes:
- Information on diagnosis, history and treatment
- A health and wellbeing assessment including referrals (such as mental health, lifestyle, menopause, sexuality, fertility)
- An individualised timetable of future examinations and investigations
- Recommendations for follow-up care
- Referral and contacts for different services and
Patients and their GPs will receive a copy of the care plan and patients need to make an appointment with their GP within one month of receiving the care plan to discuss ongoing care.
This also provides GPs with the opportunity to set up their recall systems and develop team care plans or management plans as appropriate.
We accept GP and specialist referrals:
- Use The RMH GP Referral Form or a template from your own system
- Complete and fax your referral to Specialist Clinics (Outpatients) on (03) 9342 4234
We do not accept email referrals.
What to include in your referral
As outlined by the Department of Health, referral requests should include:
- Patient demographic information
- Referrer demographic information
- Reason for referral
- Presenting problem
- Service(s) requested
- Required referral information specified by statewide or local referral criteria
- Current patient management
- Impact of the problem on the patient
- Name of the consultant and provider number (for Medicare clinics)
- Investigation reports related to the referral
Urgent and after-hours support
Referrals are triaged based on priority. In an emergency, patients can go to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.
For advice, urgent referrals and out of hours support, call The RMH Switchboard on (03) 9342 7000 to page our registrar on call.
We prefer radiology tests to be arranged through RMH Private Imaging.
Mammogram or ultrasound request forms need to specify "Breast service shared care" to ensure patients are bulk billed.
GPs can refer to RMH Private Imaging for all general imaging services, however GP referrals for MRI studies are not eligible for a Medicare rebate.
Results are not given over the phone, but staff may check for you whether the exam has been completed and the report has been written. Reports may be electronically sent to your practice management software via HealthLink.
HealthPathways Melbourne provides guidance on best practice assessment and management of common medical conditions, including when and where to refer patients.
Parkville Connect is a secure web-based portal providing GPs, specialists and other health professionals with information in the Parkville electronic medical record (EMR).
What to bring
Every time you come
Every time you come in for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:
- Medicare card
- Health Care card (if you have one)
- Concession card (if you have one)
- Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
- Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
- X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
- Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
- Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
Interpreters & cultural support
We provide qualified, professional interpreters to help you communicate with us at any time during your stay and at your clinic appointments.
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