Paediatrics

Assessment and management of outpatient paediatric patients including inpatient follow up

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

Referral for many specialist paediatric services is via General Paediatric Clinic, in particular, consultants who visit from the Royal Children's Hospital to consult on complex conditions and patients who may need to travel interstate for treatment under the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (PTAS).

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Referral process

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Specific requirements are detailed in the individual clinic and condition referral guidelines.

Referrals are registered by the clinic to which they are referred and are triaged according to the specific clinic guidelines.

Clinic Appointments – Appointments are based on clinical priority:

Emergency

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED
– Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED
– Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6426 5115
NWRH ED
– Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6430 6691
RHH ED
– Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6222 8919

Urgent / category 1

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent / category 2

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine / category 3

Next available appointment

Referral template

For use by health professionals only

Additional information

Royal Children's Hospital Clinical Guide