Medical Ambulatory Care Service (MACS) aims to provide speedy recovery

7 April 2017

A new rapid-access service for non-urgent medical patients – which aims to save unnecessary emergency department presentations and hospital admissions – has opened at GP Plus Super Clinic Noarlunga.

The Medical Ambulatory Care Service (MACS) provides same day assessment for acutely ill patients and assessment within 48 hours for all stable patients.

The service amalgamates with the Rapid Access Medical Service (RAMS), a similar service which has operated successfully out of the Repatriation General Hospital since November 2014.

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Senior Staff Specialist Doctor Dirk Hofmann says the service’s main objective is to see patients who require urgent assessment without it being an emergency.

“MACS provides rapid access for non-emergency patients to medical specialists. It is a consultant-driven service with the objective of reducing unnecessary emergency department presentations and hospital admissions for members of the community residing in the south, Dr Dirk Hofmann said.

“Examples of the types of patients who might be suited to the service are those with cellulitis, deep vein thrombosis, syncopal episodes or lower respiratory tract infections. In short, any urgent medical condition that can be treated as an outpatient.” he said.

“MACS is not designed for patients with surgical, mental health, obstetric or paediatric problems. It is also not intended for patients with acute medical conditions that require emergency department, coronary or intensive care interventions.”

Consultations at MACS will be restricted to three visits – an initial presentation plus two follow up visits. Patients will then be discharged back to their referring GPs with a management plan.

General practitioners wishing to access the service for their patients or make a booking can call MACS on 0466 439 479 or fax (08) 8164 9168.

GPs wishing to access the service for their patients or make a booking can call MACS on 0466 439 479 or fax 08 8164 9168. Written referrals are required for all patients.

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