Osborne Park Hospital Update

OPH RAILS – a rapid response allied health team for patients in the community

Housebound patients aged over 65 who are at risk of being acutely admitted to hospital who would benefit from urgent allied health intervention may be able to access support from RAILS. Examples of suitable patients include vulnerable patients with limited supports, frequent falls, rapid cognitive decline, severe weight loss and palliative patients.

The referral form can be found Osborne Park Hospital website and referrals can now be made using Healthlink with the ID ‘railsrrt’ or faxed to 6457 8263. GPs can contact the RAILS Clinical Nurse on 6457 8315 or 0404 803 569 to discuss any referrals. These phone numbers are not for distribution to patients.

Dr Cory Lei
Hospital Liaison GP – Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group


July 2020
Prostate and bladder drug changes at OPH and SCGH pharmacies

Osborne Park Hospital & Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Urology are no longer providing subsidised prescriptions of the following non-PBS prostate and bladder medications and patients will no longer be able to obtain them from the SCGH or the OPH Pharmacy: Tamsulosin (Flomaxtra), finasteride (Proscar), solifenacin (Vesicare) and mirabegron (Betmiga).

Other medications that are available on the PBS and

RPBS include:

  • Tamsulosin and Duasteride (Duodart) – Streamline Authority
  • Dutasteride (Avodart) Authority or Streamlined Prazosin Oxybutynin
  • Propantheline (Pro-Ban)
  • Imipramine, Nortriptyline, and Amitriptyline

Available only on the RPBS:

  • Tamsulosin (Flomaxtra)
  • Silodosin (Urorec)
  • Alfuzosin (Xatral SR)

Dr Nigel Dormer
Osborne Park Hospital Liaison GP

April 2020
Colonoscopy referrals to Osborne Park Hospital

From 1 November, there have been changes to Medicare item numbers for Colonoscopy, which will now affect the referrals of patients to the CRS, and then to Osborne Park Hospital (OPH).

Referrals that fail to meet the required criteria will no longer be accepted.

Referral criteria for Colonoscopy (more obvious):   

    • Positive faecal occult blood tests (FOBT)
    • Symptoms of colon pathology
    • Iron deficiency anaemia
    • Radiological abnormality of the colon
    • Management of inflammatory bowel disease
    • Moderate and high risk colorectal cancer (CRC).

Colonoscopy is also available for:

    • Previous polyps, adenomas (see previous colonoscopy recommendation)
    • Previous CRC (once x every five years)
    • Treatment of colonic bleeding (e.g. radiation, angio-ectasia, strictures, etc)
    • High risk familial conditions (familial adenomatous polyposis) and syndromes (lynch, serrated polyposis etc).

Guidelines for assessing CRC risk based on family history can be found here, with the appropriate screening guidelines by risk category here.

The colonoscopy report will have a recommendation for the next colonoscopy. In some cases there is no need for a further colonoscopy, and the patients should be advised to start two yearly FOBT, five years after the colonoscopy.

Dr Nigel Dormer
Osborne Park Hospital Liaison GP

March 2019
OPH Allied Health outpatient information regarding paediatric referrals

As of 25 March 2019, the physiotherapy and dietetics departments at Osborne Park Hospital stopped receiving outpatient referrals for children/adolescents under 16 years of age.

  • Options for GPs requiring outpatient physiotherapy and dietetics for this cohort of patients in North Metro catchment are:
  • Private physiotherapy or dietitian referral
  • Referral via CRS to Perth Children’s Hospital to the appropriate specialty
  • If the patient has a chronic disease, GP referral to a private physiotherapist or dietitian using a team care arrangement may be possible.


Dr Clare Matthews
Hospital Liaison GP, Osborne Park Hospital