To facilitate referral, timely admission and transfusion where clinically indicated for community based patients and Residents in Aged Care Facilities, Western Health has implemented guidelines and referral processes to enable GPs to be able to directly refer patients with known causes of anaemia for blood transfusions as an outpatient.The aim of these guidelines is to provide GPs with an evidence-based tool when assessing the clinical urgency of a transfusion for community-based patients or Aged Care Facility Residents. Unless assessed as urgent, community based patients and Aged Care Facility Residents should not be referred to the Emergency Department for the purpose of transfusion.
Only patients with a known cause of anaemia can be referred by GPs for transfusion in the Medical Ambulatory Day Unit (MADU) at Sunshine. Patients who do not have a known cause for their anaemia must have the cause of the anaemia appropriately investigated and diagnosed before they can be referrals via this pathway can be accepted.
Western Health has developed the 'Guidelines for Transfusion for General Practitioners' which are evidence based guidelines to asses the clinical urgency of a transfusion for community-based patients or Residential Aged Care Facility. Please review these guidelines before referring.
As outlined in the Transfusion Process for GP Referral of Community Based Patients Requiring Blood Transfusion to refer 'semi-urgent patients with known causes of anaemia (as determined by the Guidelines for Transfusion for General Practitioners)
As outlined in the Transfusion Process for GP Referral of Aged Care Facility Residents, the Western Health Immediate Response Service coordinates these referrals. Please call the IRS Intake Worker on 0419 392 030 and they will liaise with you to complete the necessary paperwork.
Western Health Guidelines for Transfusion for GPs —evidence-based tool to assess the clinical urgency of a transfusion for community-based patients or Aged Care Facility Residents
Transfusion Process for GP Referral of Community Based Patients Requiring Blood Transfusion
Transfusion Process for GP Referral of Aged Care Facility Residents
GP referral for transfusion form 2015
Dorevitch crossmtach request form SH
Phone: 8395 9162
Immediate Response Service (incorporating Aged Care Liaison)Phone: 0419 392 030