CLOSER TO HOME INITIATVE
Commencing 1 April 2021, Metro North Hospital & Health Service (MNHHS) will be establishing the ‘Closer to Home’ initiative and will be redirecting new patient referrals received directly from general practitioners (GPs) from outside the MNHHS catchment back to local HHS’ to assess if the service can be provided by them and if not, on-refer to another HHS providing that service closest to the patient’s residence. GPs will be notified of this redirection.
MNHHS will continue to accept direct referrals from out of catchment for state-wide and specialist tertiary services only. The scope of the ‘Closer to Home’ initiative therefore excludes:
- Queensland Heart and Lung Services (organ transplant, advanced cardiac failure, severe pulmonary arterial hypertension)
- State-wide Fabry Disease Assessment & Treatment Service (Anderson-Fabry Disease)
- Maternal Foetal Medicine
- Cardiac Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
- STARS specialities (General Surgery, ENT, Urology, Ophthalmology and Orthopaedics – excluding Gastroenterology/Endoscopy) meeting STARS criteria
- Anderson-Fabry Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Friedreich’s Ataxia
- The Gender Service.