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Referring to Inpatient Maintenance Care Services at GSHS
The aim of maintenance care is to support patients who have ongoing care needs but no longer require an acute admission. Maintenance care aims to reduce inappropriate long stays in acute and subacute beds and improve patient flow. While the program’s intention is to give people more time to meet goals or improve function, it should still be considered a short-term care episode.
Referrals to inpatient maintenance care can be made by medical professionals such as doctors and GPs and is available at both campuses of GSHS, placement will depend on factors such as the patient's home location and available bed capacity at the requested campus.
All referrals for inpatient maintenance care will require a referral form to be completed. You can download the referral form by clicking here. The form is in PDF format and should be completed then faxed back to the contact below.
Patient Flow Manager/Patient Services Co-ordinator
Gippsland Southern Health Service
Fax: 03 5667 5626
Phone: 03 5667 5546
Before making a referral for inpatient maintenance care at GSHS, consider checking the patient meets the admission criteria for inpatient sub-acute care:
GSHS provides Level 2 Sub-acute care
This is considered a local service that provides a single stream and/or restorative/supportive care service with the aim of maintaining function in patients with less complex needs. It is supported by core allied health and nursing staff.
Patients shall be sufficiently medically stable without need for acute management or intervention.
Requires minimal review, treatment and management by a physician and multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
Patient has realistic and achievable goals to improve function.
Patient has capacity to learn and process new information.
Patient demonstrates an ability to participate in active rehabilitation.
There should be reasonable expectation that the patient will have a defined plan regarding an ongoing formal rehabilitation programme, return to their premorbid place of residence with minimal services or have a view to Aged Care Placement and planning be well underway or at least commenced.
Patient consents and agrees to be an active participant in the rehabilitation program.
If you have any questions regarding the admission criteria for a patient,
it is best to contact the Patient Services Co-ordinator directly.