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We work in partnership with General Practitioners and key service providers to treat people suffering with a comprehensive range of mental health concerns.

Step 1 - Call Our Intake Team

Please call our Intake Team on 07 5671 8447 at The Southport Private Hospital to discuss accessing our services or to see if admission to the Clinic is suitable and available.

Note: If the patient is in acute crisis or actively suicidal, please contact the local Hospital Emergency Department. The Southport Private Hospital does not provide any emergency services.

General practitioners and non-credentialed psychiatrists cannot arrange admission directly to The Southport Private Hospital.

Patients will also need to have appropriate health care cover:

  • Private health insurance - Any patient that is covered by a private health fund.
  • Self-funded - The patient will be provided with an estimate prior to their admission.
  • Workers Compensation - Approval needs to be obtained from the insurance company prior to admission.
  • Veteran Affairs patients

Step 2 - Referral

Referrals may be addressed to ‘Dear Doctor at The Southport Private Hospital’ or to a credentialed Psychiatrist of choice (please refer to the specialists directory).

The referral from the treating GP or Psychiatrist should be sent to:

Note: Our credentialed Psychiatrists are Visiting Medical Officers (VMOs), not employees of Ramsay Health Care and make decisions regarding acceptance independently. This may include arranging an appointment for assessment, admission or not accepting the referral.

Step 3 - Eligability Check 

This is a brief introductory phone call to let the patient know that we have received the referral, to discuss some of the details in that referral and check the insurance/cover details.

We will discuss the referral with our credentialed Psychiatrists and if accepted the Intake Team will contact the patient to discuss further arrangements.

Note: Eligibility also includes a determination on patient suitability for the services provided by The Southport Private Hospital.

Step 4 - Admission / Appointment 

The admission or appointment is confirmed and date and time scheduled.

On occasions when there is not a psychiatrist available to accept the admission The Southport Private Hospital notifies the patient and referring practitioner.