Information for GPs

Outpatient referrals

The WA Health Central Referral Service (CRS) provides a coordinated outpatient referral system for patients who require a first specialist outpatient appointment within the public health system. This helps patients to receive their care within a clinically-appropriate time frame and in the most appropriate location.

To refer a patient (except for urgent appointments), referrers should complete a standardised referral form and send it to the CRS. Experienced nurses will allocate the referral to the most appropriate hospital based on location, speciality, and level of service required.

When referring for colonoscopy or gastroscopy, please consult the CRS information and guidelines on Colonoscopy and Gastroscopy Requests.

Referrals not sent via CRS

  • Referrals for urgent outpatient review (within 7 days). The referrer should contact the registrar or consultant of the relevant hospital team to ensure the team is immediately aware of the referral and can make arrangements. For urgent appointments to RPH, please refer to the urgent outpatient referrals information.
  • Referrals to mental health services, obstetric services, allied health outpatient services and non-doctor led outpatient services.
  • Referrals to private specialists, including visiting medical practitioners (VMPs).

HealthPathways WA

HealthPathways WA (external link) is a web-based portal with information on referral and management pathways helping clinicians to access appropriate services in the primary, community and acute health care settings in WA for patients.

Hospital liaison GPs

Royal Perth Hospital has a Hospital Liaison GP and a Liaison GP for Aboriginal Health.

Visiting medical practitioners

Some specialists who practise privately also have access to public surgical lists within the East Metropolitan Health Service. The specialists listed in these documents require a named referral to their private rooms for an initial outpatient consultation (please note where a consultation is not required prior to colonoscopy or gastroscopy (i.e. for open access referrals), follow the WA Adult Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Services protocols.) The initial consultation may result in a cost to the patient, but where surgery is required, the specialist can provide this in a non-tertiary public hospital (where clinically appropriate) at no cost to the patient.

Referral to one of these visiting medical practitioners (VMP) may result in shorter waiting times for patients and referrals should be sent directly to the Specialist’s rooms.

VMPs within the east metropolitan area: