Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Clinic

The Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Clinic assists patients with restricted airflow and breathing problems.

There is no separate COPD clinic. Your patient will be given an appointment in another respiratory clinic based on clinical need and appointment availability for patients with COPD with special needs or complications.

Referrals

Referral addressed to named head of unit is preferred.

E-referral using the GP Referral Template located within the Mastercare: Referralnet system is preferred.

For faxed referrals: FAX 9788 1879

Categories for Appointment

Clinical DescriptionTimeframe for appointment
Category 1Severe symptoms requiring specialist managementMonths
Category 2N/AN/A
EmergencyThere are signs of a severe current COPD exacerbationPatient should be referred to the Emergency Department

Eligibility criteria

COPD patients with special needs and complications such as

  • Home oxygen evaluation
  • CPAP
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer/lung nodules which need evaluation.

Please note: due to the high demand and limited appointments available, our appointments for patients with severe COPD with special needs and complications are booked to capacity several months in advance. Referrals that do not meet any of the above eligibility criteria will regrettably be denied

Exclusion criteria

Patients with COPD without special needs or complications.

Make a referral

All referrals to this clinic must contain the following information.

Referral: Date of referral, Speciality, Referring practitioner, Provider Number, Referrer’s signature.

Patient Demographic: Full name, Date of birth, Postal address, Contact numbers, Medicare Number, Interpreter required.

Clinical: Reason for referral, Duration of symptoms, Management to date, Past medical history, Current medications, Allergies, Diagnostics as per referral guidelines X-ray results/reports must be within the last 6 months.

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