GP information for COVID-19 positive patients

Need clinical advice for COVID-19 positive patients within the NMHS catchment?

Please only contact Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) or Osborne Park Hospital (OPH) clinicians if your patient resides within the catchment.

The WA COVID Care at Home Service (external site) delivers home monitoring care for COVID-19 positive patients who have conditions that put them at greater risk of hospitalisation.

For COVID-19 positive patients residing in the NMHS metropolitan catchment area: Please first refer to:

 

NMHS clinical advice on COVID-19 related health problems

  1. How do I access advice on the use of early therapeutics for my COVID-19 positive patient who does not need hospitalisation but is in a high-risk group?

    Please refer to HealthPathways: COVID-19 Assessment and Management (external site) for guidance information on each of the medications and instructions on how to access treatment for your patient. Note: Lagevrio® (molnupiravir) and Paxlovid® (nirmatrelvir and ritonavir) are available on PBS Streamlined Authority prescription.

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital / Osborne Park Hospital
    Please ring SCGH switchboard on (08) 6457 3333, identify yourself as a GP and ask for the on-call COVID infectious diseases consultant.

     

  2. How do I seek urgent clinical advice on managing COVID-19 related health problems for my COVID-19 positive patient, including potential need for admission?

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital / Osborne Park Hospital
    Please ring SCGH switchboard on (08) 6457 3333, identify yourself as a GP and ask for the COVID consultant.

     

  3. How do I access specialist care for my patient experiencing suspected post-COVID syndrome?

    A Post-COVID Service has been established at NMHS comprising a multidisciplinary clinic coordinated by the Respiratory Medicine Department.

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
    Refer through the Central Referral Service to the Respiratory Medicine service with a detailed history.

    Criteria:

    • Multisystem symptoms or deficits
    • Present for more than 12 weeks after a COVID-19 diagnosis
    • Not for ‘post-vaccine syndrome’

 

NMHS clinical advice on non-COVID-19 related health problems in COVID-19 positive patients

  1. How do I seek urgent clinical advice on non-COVID-19-related health problems for my COVID-19 positive patient?

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
    Please ring SCGH switchboard on (08) 6457 3333, identify yourself as a GP and ask for the relevant specialist team on call.

     

  2. How do I seek urgent clinical advice on geriatric-specific issues (eg: delirium, agitation) for my elderly COVID-19 positive patient?

    For patients living in a residential aged care facility, please ring the Residential Care Line on (08) 6457 3146 (8am to 6pm, 7 days a week).

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
    Please ring SCGH switchboard on (08) 6457 3333, identify yourself as a GP and ask for the on-call geriatrician.

    Osborne Park Hospital
    Please ring OPH switchboard on (08) 6457 8000, identify yourself as a GP and ask for the on-call geriatrician.

     

  3. How do I seek clinical advice on end-of-life/symptom control for my COVID-19 positive patient?

    Please ring the state-wide Palliative Care Outreach Service on 1300 558 655 (24-hour advisory service for doctors and nurses). Enquiries will be taken by a palliative care consultant.

    Please see the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital website or the Osborne Park Hospital website (external site)  for patient and visitor COVID-19 information.

 

Clinical advice for maternity / pregnant patients

For information about how to access clinical advice and information for pregnant patients with COVID-19 within the NMHS catchment, please see the Women and Newborn Health Service (WNHS) website (external site).

Last Updated: 14/06/2022