Our specialist GP service begins

October 15, 2021
The Haymarket Foundation General Practice

A new specialist GP service for people experiencing homelessness has begun work in Sydney.

Initially, the female GP worked part-time via Telehealth.

But since early November, the doctor began seeing patients face-to-face out of the medical centre at the Haymarket Foundation’s crisis accommodation facility in Chippendale (see image).

In the first weeks of the service:

  • 30% of patients have had forms completed for housing and disability support pensions, while also receiving medical attention
  • The doctor has begun work into whether a patient received appropriate follow-up care from two earlier hospital admissions
  • We have found that a significant proportion of the patients identify as Aboriginal (20%)

The clientele is being built now, in readiness to scale in 2022.

In the middle of next year, a new drop-in centre including four GP consultation rooms, a pathology service and a service for companion animals will open its doors near Central Station.

The story was covered in the Sydney Morning Herald

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