Specialist Physicians Clinics are public outpatient services with no out of pocket cost for consultations.
Adult patients, over 18 years old, with Diabetes Mellitus whose General Practitioner requires specialised medical support with their care.
Urgent care is available after an evaluation in the Emergency Department.
For all other care must be arranged by your regular GP, who will provide referral to Specialist Physicians Clinic.
You should bring a signed Consent and Registration Form. This will be sent to you by SWH after your appointment has been booked.
You may bring a family member/support person, if this is helpful.
Two days before your appointment:
On the day of your appointment:
Suitable referrals would include patients:
A referral to certify fitness for maintaining licensing requirements alone would not constitute an appropriate referral.
All patients will be discharged back to the General Practitioner (GP) and community care team after six months.
The patient can always be re-referred if their condition changes or specialist input is required again in the future.
Please let your patients know that, once received, their referral will be triaged, and they will be contacted by Southwest Healthcare to book an appointment.
The physician will write a letter to the referring practitioner after the appointment to update them on what occurred at the appointment.
Please give your patient an up-to-date list of their medications
For those referrals with diabetes for consultation, please include details of any existing health care plans. (i.e. allied health engagement).
Current pathology including (at a minimum) HbA1c and lipid levels should be performed and available. If further testing is needed prior to the clinic attendance, this will be notified to the referring practitioner after triage.