The GP Aged Day Service (GPADS) Program commenced in March 2011. A small team of General Practitioners are able to provide urgent medical care to people who are home bound or are residents in aged care across the ACT when the patients usual GP is unable to provide care in a timely manner.
Service delivery is within business hours Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays
What does the GPADS Program do?
GPADS program supports general practices in the ACT. General practices are able to call on GPADS when the demands of the surgery or annual leave prevent their attendance. This is a GP to GP referral only for isolated acute episodes of care. Responsibility for ongoing care remains with the practice. There is no age limit but referrals are limited to people who are home bound at home or within a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF).
Following a referral from the client’s GP:
- Registered Nurses in the GPADS program assess and prioritise incoming referrals, liaising with the referring practice and the patient or RACF.
- The GPADS GP assesses and provides timely treatment to the patient requiring consultation in their home environment.
- GPADS doctors complete a written report which is sent to the referring GP with 48 hours.
- The service is usually bulk billed however patients without Medicare eligibility will be invoiced and GPADS may also bill patients at the same rate as the referring GP, if agreed with the referring practice.
How can the GPADS Program help?
By providing access to a GP who can assess and treat referred patients, Emergency Department presentations are prevented and significant delays in assessment and treatment of the elderly and vulnerable are avoided.
Continuity of care is maintained through the forwarding of a detailed report of assessment and treatment from the GPADS GPs to the patient’s usual GP.
What has the GPADS Program achieved?
GPADS has provided much needed support for general practices, Residential Aged Care Facilities and home bound patients. When on annual or conference leave GPs within solo practices can now arrange cover for their RACF patients. GPADS has improved access to GP services for the elderly and vulnerable in the community. Over 1300 patients have accessed the service. Over 2500 home/RACF visits have been attended since the inception of the service. 95% of local General Practices participate. GPADS has reduced demand on afterhour’s services by providing access to more GPs during business hours.
Who can help you?
Anne Knobel - Registered Nurse
Margo Byrne - Registered Nurse
Deb Hammett - Administration
P (02) 6287 8099
F (02) 6287 8098