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Where possible, Specialist Clinics (outpatient) appointments are being held by phone or Telehealth, rather than in person.
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We operate one of the largest specialist clinic services in Victoria.
We support 54 medical and surgical units, including three statewide services:
Every year, Specialist Clinics manages more than 280,000 outpatient clinic attendances, processes 120,000 new referrals, and answers 190,000 phone calls from patients.
Specialist Clinics provides specialist medical, surgical or paediatric assessment and care including associated allied health and diagnostic testing.
We accept referrals from GPs and specialists, as well as internal referrals for people following treatment in the emergency department or when staying in hospital.
We continue to work with our medical and surgical units to reduce your wait for a clinic appointment.
The Department of Health and Human Services sets the requirement that we see all 'urgent' referrals within 30 days.
Our ability to see patients who are categorised as 'routine' is more variable depending on the demand for our services. Patients categorised as routine are seen in turn after urgent and semi-urgent patients are seen.
We provide the following services:
Patients often need scans, tests or procedures (such as blood tests or x-rays) prior to their Specialist Clinics appointment.
Some patients also need to attend more than one Specialist Clinics appointment.
Making all these arrangements yourself can be overwhelming for some people, so we can help you coordinate your appointments and test or procedures.
If you need help to coordinate your appointments, contact us.
Every day, different clinics operate in different locations.
Clinics are located at five locations across two sites:
View our clinic schedule.
The location of your clinic appointment is written on your appointment letter.