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INFORMATION FOR

GENERAL PRACTITIONERS 

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How can you support your patients to safely detox from alcohol at home?

The Clean Slate Clinic is designed by Dr Chris Davis – a full time GP with a special interest in alcohol and other drug treatment. He has been successfully delivering this evidence-based model from his GP clinics in London and Sydney for the past 10 years. 

The Clean Slate team therefore intimately understands the pressures and time constraints that GP’s face. We aim to make this service as easily accessible to you as possible. 

We will keep you informed at every step of your patients’ journey and will provide you with a personalized GP management plan for each patient. Once we have safely withdrawn your patient from alcohol you can use this plan to facilitate their ongoing care – and bill a MBS 721/723 as appropriate.

To see a flow chart of how we interact with you throughout your patient’s treatment with us, see our GP flowchart here

 

How do I refer to the Clean Slate Clinic?

You can refer to us via:

Fax - +61 (0)2 8088 7814

Phone - 02 3813 8104

HealthLink Secure Messaging: clnslate

Medical Objects Secure Messaging: Dr Chris Davis, Provider Number: 4842356H

 

Or simply direct the patients to this website and ask them to contact us.

Do you need a referral letter?

We do not officially need a referral letter however we will be writing to you to ask for recent blood tests (ideally less than 6 weeks old) and a health summary.

Who should I refer?

Any patient between the ages of 18-80 with problem drinking who needs a medicated alcohol withdrawal.

Which patients are unsuitable for home detox?

  • Any patient with a history of withdrawal seizures or delirium tremens will require withdrawal in an inpatient facility. 

  • Any patient who is concurrently dependent on another substance such as methamphetamine, benzodiazepines or opioids is unlikely to be suitable. 

  • Any patient who does not have safe housing and a support person may also be unsuitable. Please contact us if you are unsure about a patient’s suitability.

Is there anything I can ask my patients to do whilst they are waiting to speak to you?

Start taking thiamine, 200mg daily, as soon as possible. We would also advise them to keep drinking to the same levels until we can assess them. You could also direct them to www.hellosundaymorning.org for some excellent support and information. Please also consider a mental health care plan as appropriate.

For more information about the program see our GP resources on the Resources page.

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