COVID-19 information for health professionals and GPs

Information and resources for GPs and health professionals about COVID-19.

Last updated on 25 March 2020 at 4pm

To support our GPs during the rapidly changing pandemic, Monash Health is endeavouring to work closely with and support local GPs. This webpage will be our primary means of delivering up to date information to our primary health partners.

If you are a patient or visitor looking for information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please visit our information about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) page.

COVID-19 advice

Medical practitioners seeking advice about COVID-19 (outside of testing and notification procedures) can call 1300 651 160 and choose the ‘Specialist Medical Advice’ option. Pending demand, you may be asked to leave a message for return phone call.

Updates for health professionals and GPs

Subscribe to the Chief Health Officer’s daily COVID-19 update 

Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton sends comprehensive COVID-19 updates to clinicians and the Victorian public daily.

Subscribe to Monash Health’s mailing list for GPs

Read the latest updates about how Monash Health is responding to COVID-19.

Screening Clinics and testing criteria

For the latest information about Monash Health’s Screening Clinics and current COVID-19 testing criteria, please visit our information about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) page.

Monash Health GP Liason

The Monash Health GP Liaison service is now operating from Monday to Friday.

Maternity GP liaison

Specialty Clinics

Monash Health Specialty Consulting (Outpatient Clinics) Referrals

During the current COVID-19 crisis, our hospital resources are being directed away from non-urgent care to create capacity for the predicted surge in severely sick patients. As a result, Monash Health Specialty Consulting will only be able to accept new referrals for patients with urgent conditions such as new cancers, time-critical diagnoses, or to prevent ED presentations.

In these extraordinary times, Monash Health Specialty Consulting (Outpatient Clinics) asks GPs not to refer non-urgent patients. 

Please manage these patients as best you can until the surge is over and use the excellent resources such as HealthPathways Melbourne.

Many Outpatients are already being managed through telehealth or telephone consultations to minimise risk of viral spread.

Monash Health is preparing to look at other ways to support GP care such as a GP Hotline for emergency specialist advice.

We thank you for your support and understanding as we manage these challenges together.

Maternity

If you have a pregnant patient with suspected or confirmed coronavirus, please contact the Pregnancy Assessment Unit via the hospital switchboard for triage advice.

To minimise outpatient attendances, many women will be managed via Telehealth for the first half or more of their pregnancy. In light of this, when making pregnancy referrals to Monash Health we ask that you please:

  • perform and include a blood pressure measurement on your referral to assist with safe triage
  • offer all women influenza vaccine

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have queries regarding maternity care during this time.

Latest COVID-19 information

As this is a rapidly changing situation, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest updates.

Visit the Department of Health and Human Services website to find out more

Clinical resources and guides, case definition, pandemic plan and checklists.

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