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How to get a referral

Most of our hospital and community services require a written referral from your general practitioner (GP) before we can make an appointment for you.

To get a referral, first speak to your GP about your health care concerns. Your GP will determine if you need specialist treatment and arrange any medicines or tests that are required.

Your GP will then send a written referral letter to a specialist doctor at one of our hospitals.

Depending on the urgency of your condition, you may be placed a wait list for your first “outpatient” appointment with a specialist doctor. After your appointment you may also be placed on an elective surgery wait list.

Services that don’t need a referral

You do not need a GP referral to access:

  • any emergency treatment
  • urgent mental health care
  • sexual health clinics
  • dental health care (provided you meet eligibility criteria).
Last updated: 26 July 2019

For GPs

General practitioners can find referral criteria in the Refer your patient section of our website.