Dermatology

Ongoing management of previously referred adult and paediatric skin conditions

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

THS Southern Region has limited capacity to provide outpatient clinic care for those people with complex dermatological diseases unresponsive to standard therapies or requiring medications subject to dermatologist only prescription or those diseases of uncertain diagnosis and no new referrals will be accepted from COB 10 January 2015.

  • Biopsy and removal of skin lesions should occur in general practice or for more difficult areas be referred to Plastics or General Surgery clinics in the first instance.
  • Venous ulceration should be referred to Vascular Surgery.
  • Sexually transmitted infections should be referred to Sexual Health Clinic
  • Photodynamic therapy is not available at the RHH
  • Cosmetic lesions are not treated at the RHH

THS Northern Region does not provide a public dermatology service. See Health Pathways for more information.


THS Northwest Region has limited capacity to provide outpatient  clinic care for those people with complex dermatological diseases unresponsive to standard therapies or requiring medications subject to dermatologist only prescription or those diseases of uncertain diagnosis and this service is provided by a visiting Dermatologist who visits monthly.

Emergency conditions

Direct patients to the Emergency Department if urgent assessment is required, e.g. for the following symptoms/conditions (not exclusive):

  • Severe skin reactions, e.g. Stevens Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, erythema multiforme
  • Acute erythroderma or generalized pustular psoriasis
  • Patients with extensive blistering (bullous) lesions who are systemically unwell

Referral process

THS-Southern Region: No new referrals will be accepted.


THS-Northern Region: See Health Pathways


THS-North West Region: Referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians. Clinic appointments are based on clinical priority.

Emergency

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6426 5115
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6430 6691
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6222 8919

Additional information

With thanks to the Dermnet NZ