Health practitioners may make requests for endoscopic procedures using the Gastroenterology procedure request form (PDF 276KB) and sending it to the FSH Endoscopy Service by fax on 08 6152 6804.
Use the appropriate rich text format versions of the Gastroenterology procedure request form to complete the form using Medical Director (instructions below) or Best Practice.
No other form of referral is acceptable and incomplete referral forms will be returned. Outpatient referrals can be made using standard referral forms.
Find out more about our Gastroenterology service.
How to open the Gastroenterology procedure request form (RTF160KB) in Medical Director.
- Download the form to your computer but do not open it once it is downloaded.
- Start Medical Director.
- Open the letter writer.
- Select 'Modify Template' from the file menu.
- Choose 'Blank Template'.
- When the template opens, select 'Import' from the file menu.
- Browse to the file you downloaded.
- Select the file and click 'Open'.
- Select 'Save as Template' from the file menu.
- Name it appropriately.
- Click save.
- Close letter writer
Remote consultation initiation of hepatitis C treatment
Since March 2016, and in accordance with Section 85 prescribing rules, the general listing of hepatitis C treatments was allowed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
GPs experienced in the treatment of hepatitis C are encouraged to prescribe the relevant treatment or if preferred GPs can seek approval by a gastroenterologist, hepatologist or infectious diseases specialist before prescribing.
The FSH Remote Consultation Initiation of Hepatitis C Treatment enables GPs to prescribe hepatitis C treatment following approval by an FSH specialist (gastroenterologist/hepatologist).
Key benefits of this treatment option include:
- more patients receiving timely and appropriate treatment
- GPs and medical specialists working in partnership to enable more patients to be treated in a primary care setting
- is a mechanism to support GPs who are building skills and confidence to prescribe independently.
GPs can request this service by completing the work-up (external PDF 246KB) and posting or faxing a Hepatitis C Remote Consultation Request form (external PDF 1.6MB) or to the Central Referral Service (external site).
- Fax: 1300 365 056
- Postal address: PO Box 3462, Midland WA 6056
The work-up includes information regarding the patient's hepatitis C genotype and viral load and a serum marker of liver fibrosis either APRI or Hepascore, which is all available from PathWest.
If the work-up results indicate more complex hepatitis C, the patient will be accepted to the waitlist for an appointment with a specialist.
To ensure competency to prescribe and manage hepatitis C, training is recommended for GPs which can be accessed from a variety of sources:
More information about this community-based management option is available on the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) website (external site).
If you are unable to prescribe this treatment independently or in conjunction with FSH, please consider alternative referral pathways such as referral to a:
If you or your patient declines the community-based management option, you will still need to submit the work-up and referral form via CRS and indicate that the patient is not for remote consultation. Please ensure your patient understands there is a longer wait time for hospital-based treatment.