DVTs- a new localised Health Pathway should be available very soon. Do NOT send uncomplicated DVTs to ED as this is inappropriate. If you cannot book a same day ultrasound POAC will fund you to administer exonaparin until a scan is completed. If it is the weekend or Friday afternoon phone the on call hospital Radiology registrar who will arrange an after hours ultrasound.
Anglesea Clinic require a GP referral letter ( and POAC number ) for any patients that you are referring for POAC management. These patients will not be surcharged. If there is no referral letter the patient will pay the initial consultation fee.
ACC cellulitis surcharge is no longer funded through POAC . This is because non rural GPs can claim both a consult and a procedure code ( MM2) for administration of antibiotics. A new iv does not have to reinserted on each visit to claim this.
Recently there have been several referrals for GCA which have been sent via bpac as urgent referrals and taken time for processing . Please refer to the GCA pathway ( current link soon to be updated with new localised Health Pathway) It clearly states than any suspicion of GCA needs a GP phone call to on call Rheumtologist to initiate imaging/biopsy before referral .
The POAC monitoring group are keen to hear suggestions from GPs regarding additional acute conditions that would be suitable for funding to prevent hospital admission . We have had good feedback from those who have used the new Frail Elderly Admission Avoidance service.
If you have complaints ( or positive feedback) please send them to the GP Liaison team as investigating these can ( and does) produce changes in the system benefiting both GPs and patients.