Paediatrics

Assessment and management of outpatient paediatric patients including inpatient follow up

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

Referral for all specialist paediatric services is via Paediatric Clinic including sub-specialty clinics and we also host local specialist clinics and visiting specialist clinics from the Royal Children's Hospital to consult on complex conditions.

If a dedicated service is not offered please refer to General Paediatrics.

See also Paediatric Surgery and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Referral process

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

For possible sexual abuse/assault please phone RHH Switchboard and ask for the Paediatric Sexual Assault Consultant (PSAC) on call for the southern region.

For any urgent sexual abuse/assault concerns please phone RHH switchboard and ask Paediatric Sexual Assault Consultant (PSAC) or Registrar on call for advice.

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 4 weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

For any urgent sexual abuse/assault concerns please phone RHH switchboard and ask Paediatric Sexual Assault Consultant or Registrar on call for advice.

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

Patients who are required to travel interstate for treatment may be eligible for assistance under the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (PTAS) and will be initiated by the pediatrician.