How referrals are processed
Steps in processing referrals
Step 1 - Screening
- Referrals for all sites are received by the Access Team and electronically logged
NOTE If you faxed a referral, we are unable to send confirmation of referral receipt in return by fax
Step 2 – Triage and Clinical Prioritisation
- Referral information is screened / triaged against state referral criteria and local health service acceptance criteria
- Patients requiring an urgent consultation will be seen within 30 calendar days
- Patients requiring a routine consultation will be seen at the next available non-urgent appointment or placed on a waiting list
The referral will not be accepted if:
- The woman has a hospital closer to her home address that can meet her health care needs. If this is the case, we will contact the referring doctor and ask then to redirect the referral.
- A referral does not include the required clinical and contact information for triage. If this is the case, we will contact the referring doctor to request the necessary information. If the requested information is not provided within 30 days, the referral will not be processed, and the woman will not receive an appointment.
- The referral indicates that the woman can be managed in a general practice setting according to HealthPathways Melbourne
- Women who receive an appointment are given an appointment at either Parkville or Sandringham depending on their clinical needs, where they live, and clinic capacities. This allocation ensures every woman has access to the best possible care for her needs
Step 3 – Appointment/ Waitlist Notification
- Patients will receive a letter notification of their appointment details, or if they have been placed on a waiting list.
- GPs will be notified if their referral has been accepted or declined by letter / fax
We ask women to continue to see their GP while waiting for their appointment.
If your patient develops new or worsening symptoms and you are concerned that the appointment is not timely for her needs, please resend the referral clearly stating the reasons and relevant updated investigations in order to expedite the appointment.