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Dr George Heriot PhD FRACP


Infectious diseases

Dr George Heriot completed his specialty training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Royal Melbourne and St Vincent's Hospitals in Melbourne. He is a recipient of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians gold medal. He has completed a PhD in the management of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection.


His ongoing research focuses on the management of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections and infective endocarditis, and this expertise is supported by a postgraduate qualification in clinical ultrasound and echocardiography. He is a member of the global trial steering committee for the multinational S. aureus Network Adaptive Platform trial.

Inpatient services

Dr Heriot provides inpatient consultations at Epworth Richmond, Epworth Freemasons, St Vincent's Private Hospital (Fitzroy), Melbourne Private Hospital and Frances Perry House. Referring doctors can contact him through the Epworth switchboard on (03) 9426 6666.

Outpatient services

Dr Heriot sees outpatients at Suite 9.3, Danks Wing, Epworth Richmond. The rooms can be found on the ninth floor, using the lifts nearest the hospital's main reception area. The rooms are wheelchair accessible. Paid car parking is available in the hospital carpark and the surrounding streets. Public transport access is via the route 48 or 75 trams (stop 15).


Pathology, radiology, and pharmacy services are available on-site.


Dr Heriot also provides telehealth services using This secure service can be accessed from any web browser on your computer, tablet or smartphone. There is no need to install additional apps or software. The virtual waiting room can be accessed at

The preferred means of contact for all administrative enquiries relating to appointments, payments, documentation or clinical issues is via Written communication allows us to ensure that your questions are addressed accurately by the correct member of our team and recorded for quality and audit purposes.

All emails sent to this address are stored securely and outgoing emails with sensitive information are encrypted to protect patient privacy, in line with the Australian Privacy Principles. Outgoing emails will contain a link to our secure server and can be accessed using these steps. Once you have accessed the message, you can reply directly and/or download attachments if required.

If you are unable to send an email, reception staff can be contacted by phone at (03) 9115 5552.

Patients with urgent clinical questions or who are experiencing a medical emergency should contact standard urgent-care services, including Nurse-on-Call, general practitioner, local emergency department, or the ambulance service.



Dr Heriot charges a once-off out-of-pocket "gap" of $350 for patients admitted to hospital under his direct care. This fee reflects the need for continuous availability during your hospitalisation for acute illness. Secretarial staff will be in contact with you to pay this fee by phone prior to the end of your admission. Inpatient opinions requested by other doctors do not attract this fee. All other costs will be billed directly to your insurer. Uninsured patients will be charged the equivalent of the AHSA consultation fees.


All outpatient appointments (face-to-face and telehealth) attract a private fee, which is payable on the day of appointment via credit or debit card. Current outpatient fees are as follows:


Standard initial consultation $390

Standard review consultation $180

Complex initial consultation (60min) $500

Complex review consultation (30 min) $250


Medicare rebates apply to all services with a valid referral.  Medicare claims will be submitted by administrative staff and paid into the bank account you have provided to Medicare. Students and healthcare workers referred for occupational assessments will be bulk-billed. Medicare-ineligible patients will be charged a fee equal to the Medicare rebate for the relevant consultation. If you are seeking reimbursement for fees from Workcover or TAC, you will be provided with an invoice for use in making your claim.

Selected publications

Burdens of infection control on healthcare workers: a scoping review. Ungar R, Gur-Arie R, Heriot GS, Jamrozik E. The Journal of Hospital Infection. 2023.

Ethics of antibiotic allergy. Xiang YY, Heriot GS, Jamrozik E. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2023.

Herd immunity, vaccination and moral obligation. Bullen M, Heriot GS, & Jamrozik E.  Journal of Medical Ethics. 2023.

The Staphylococcus aureus Network Adaptive Platform Trial Protocol: New Tools for an Old Foe. SYC Tong, J Mora, AC Bowen, MP Cheng, N Daneman, AL Goodman, .... Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2022; 75(11): 2027.

Ethics and antibiotic resistance. E Jamrozik, GS Heriot. British medical bulletin. 2022; 141(1): 4.

2021 international consensus on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care science with treatment recommendations: summary from the basic life support …. MH Wyckoff, EM Singletary, J Soar, TM Olasveengen, R Greif, HG Liley, .... Circulation. 2022; 145 (9): e645.


Imagination and remembrance: what role should historical epidemiology play in a world bewitched by mathematical modelling of COVID-19 and other epidemics?. GS Heriot, E Jamrozik. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. 2021; 43 (2): 81.


Not in my backyard: COVID-19 vaccine development requires someone to be infected somewhere. GS Heriot, E Jamrozik. Med J Aust. 2021; 214 (4): 150.


Vaccine-enhanced disease: case studies and ethical implications for research and public health. E Jamrozik, G Heriot, S Bull, M Parker, OJHGI Disease. Wellcome Open Research. 2021; 6.


Coronavirus human infection challenge studies: assessing potential benefits and risks. E Jamrozik, GS Heriot, MJ Selgelid. Journal of bioethical inquiry 2020; 17: 709.


Antibiotic treatment of common infections: more evidence to support shorter durations. BJ Smith, G Heriot, K Buising. Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases. 2020; 33 (6), 433.


Pandemic public health policy: with great power comes great responsibility. E Jamrozik, GS Heriot. Internal Medicine Journal. 2020; 50 (10): 1169.


International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation: COVID-19 consensus on science, treatment recommendations and task force insights. GD Perkins, PT Morley, JP Nolan, J Soar, K Berg, T Olasveengen, .... Resuscitation. 2020; 151: 145.


A scenario-based survey of expert echocardiography recommendations for patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia at varying risk for endocarditis. GS Heriot, SYC Tong, AC Cheng, D Liew. JAMA Network Open. 2020; 3 (4): e202401.


Early transthoracic echocardiography has useful prognostic value in left-sided native valve endocarditis despite limited diagnostic performance. GS Heriot, A Newcomb, J Darby, A Wilson, SYC Tong, AC Cheng, D Liew. European journal of clinical microbiology & infectious diseases. 2019; 38: 1569.


What risk of endocarditis is low enough to justify the omission of transoesophageal echocardiography in Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia? A narrative review. GS Heriot, SYC Tong, AC Cheng, D Liew. Clinical microbiology and infection. 2018; 24 (12): 1251.


Benefit of Echocardiography in Patients With Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia at Low Risk of Endocarditis. GS Heriot, SYC Tong, AC Cheng, D Liew. Open forum infectious diseases. 2018; 5 (12), ofy303.


Clinical predictors and prediction rules to estimate initial patient risk for infective endocarditis in Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia: attention must be paid to the …. GS Heriot, AC Cheng, SYC Tong, D Liew. Clinical Microbiology and Infection 24 (3): 314-316 2018.


Clinical variation in the use of echocardiography in Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia: a multi-centre cohort study. GS Heriot, SYC Tong, AC Cheng, I Thevarajan, MR Levinson, .... European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. 2018; 37:469.


Factors predicting the identification of new organisms in follow-up blood cultures drawn during episodes of neutropenic sepsis. GS Heriot, C Tam, MJ Waters. British Journal of Haematology. 2018; 182: 427.


Resuscitation orders in acute hospitals: a point prevalence study. A Mills, A Walker, M Levinson, AM Hutchinson, G Stephenson, A Gellie, .... Australasian Journal on Ageing. 2017; 36 (1): 32.


Criteria for Identifying Patients With Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Who Are at Low Risk of Endocarditis: A Systematic Review. GS Heriot, K Cronin, SYC Tong, AC Cheng, D Liew. Open forum infectious diseases 1027; 4 (4): ofx261.


Echocardiography has minimal yield and may not be warranted in Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia without clinical risk factors for endocarditis. G Heriot, J Yeoh, A Street, I Ratnam. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. 2015; 34, 1231.


Comparison of not for resuscitation (NFR) forms across five Victorian health services. M Levinson, A Mills, AM Hutchinson, G Heriot, G Stephenson, A Gellie. Internal Medicine Journal. 2014; 44 (7): 671.


The four horsemen: clinicopathological correlation in 407 hospital autopsies. GS Heriot, AG Pitman, M Gonzales, P McKelvie. Internal Medicine Journal. 2010; 40 (9): 626.


Diagnostic errors in patients dying in hospital: radiology’s contribution. GS Heriot, P McKelvie, AG Pitman. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology 2009; 53 (2): 188.

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