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Blood and Iron Transfusions

 1) General Medicine Clinic for assessment for NON-EMERGENCY blood and iron transfusion

  • Referral form– General Medical Clinic- Blood and Iron Transfusion
  • Fax referrals to 9784 2666
  • Patient referrals will be triaged centrally by a consultant to receive transfusion at Frankston or Rosebud Hospitals (usually location closest to patient’s home).
  • Pathology results are essential for triage and need to be sent with the referral ie FBE,  U&Es, B12,  Folate, Iron Studies, FOBs

2) Hospital in the Home Blood Transfusion Service – for patients in Residential Care who have received a   blood transfusion in the past without complications.

  • Patients who live in residential care institutions and require blood transfusions for chronic anaemia can receive these transfusions at their place of residence if they are referred to Hospital in the Home (HITH) directly.
  • A pre-requisite for the use of this service is that the patient has received a blood transfusion in the past with no adverse reaction. If this is a first transfusion then the patient must be referred for assessment to the General Medical Clinic (as above). Subsequent transfusions may then be performed in residential care if appropriate which hopefully will be less disruptive for the patient.
  • Patients can be referred to the HITH Physician by a Medical Practitioner. The referring doctor may contact HITH directly on 9784 7777 and asking for the HITH Consultant on duty or fax request on 9784 7242. 
  • All referrals must include attachments of current general haematology results (FBE, B12, Folate, Iron Studies, FOBs) and any information on current investigations or needed investigations.