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GP Pre-referral guidelines - parent info

  • Often your family doctor, or GP, is the best person to manage your child's healthcare. Sometimes your GP may want your child to see a specialist for a second opinion or further advice. Waiting lists at The Royal Children's Hospital can sometimes be quite long.  However, there may be several things your GP can do instead of referring you to the hospital, or that you can do while you wait for an appointment.

    The Royal Children's Hospital has pre-referral and clinical guidelines to help support GPs and other community based doctors. The guidelines help them to make a decision about what tests or treatment your child should have before being seen at the hospital. This will make your child's eventual appointment more useful.  It may also mean your child is seen more quickly or may even mean your child won't need a referral after all.

    Your child's GP can also call a hospital specialist at any time for advice.

    While you should not use these guidelines yourself to decide on treatment for your child, it may be helpful to suggest them to your GP:

    Pre-referral guidelines:
    Clinical Practice Guidelines:

    For more information

    • Speak to your family doctor if you have any concerns.
    • Ask your doctor about alternatives (for example, a private referral or other community services) if waiting lists are long.
    • RCH Primary Care Liaison (a website for GPs)

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    Developed by Kids Connect and a GP Working Group. First published Dec 2006. Reviewed November 2010.

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