Changes to services and referral pathways for SJOG Midland Physician Services

St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals has recently undertaken a review of public general medical outpatient clinics and sub-specialties and referral pathways.

This will help SJOG to meet the ongoing and high demand of urgent patient admissions, Emergency Department referrals and those with significant clinical morbidity.

The criteria to accept referrals via the Central Referral Service (CRS) has been updated for the following services, effective immediately:

• Cardiology

• Endocrinology and diabetes

• General medicine

• Infectious disease

• Neurology

• Renal Medicine

GPs will be provided with the names of patients who are currently on a waitlist that do not meet the new criteria. In addition, patients will also be informed of this change and advised to discuss alternative options with their GP. Effective immediately, non-urgent referrals should be referred to the CRS.

For a patient requiring immediate attention or advice, GPs should please call our GP Priority line on 9462 4222 and ask to speak to the Chief Registrar or Consult General Physician (available Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm).

If you wish to discuss management advice for an individual patient, please contact one of our specialists via our GP Priority line on 9462 4222.

For non-clinical queries relating to the changes, please contact Midland Physician Services Practice Development Manager, Catherine Milliner, on catherine.milliner@sjog.org.au or 9462 4508.

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