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Please phone (03) 9345 7060 and press 1 for the Emergency Department or press 5 for switchboard.
The Admitting Officer (Emergency) or Speciality Unit (Switchboard) will be able to help you determine how quickly your patient should be seen.
If you are asked to fax your referral, please write URGENT on the fax and include the name of the person you spoke to about the referral.
Referrals sent to the RCH are typically screened within three working days.
Please ensure your referral includes enough information to enable us to assess the child’s eligibility for a specialist appointment at the RCH.
You can use one of these referral forms:
Please fax all referrals to Specialists Clinics (03) 93455034.
Referring Doctors should receive a fax advising receipt of and acceptance/ rejection of referral within 2 weeks.
All referrals must be typed (not handwritten) and must include the following information:
We are unable to assess referrals that do not provide this information.
Where possible, you should also include:
Pre-referral guidelines are available for many of our departments and
clinics. These guidelines will help you understand any specific referral
requirements for departments and clinics, including minimum age requirements or
tests/investigations that need to be carried out before a child can be referred
to the RCH.
HealthPathways website also provides valuable referral guidance.
There are six main reasons why your referral to the RCH may not be accepted:
To discuss the status of your referral with the RCH triage team, coordinate multiple appointments or confirm receipt of your referral, please call (03) 9345 7060 (option 2).
This phone line is for GPs only.