Endocrinology

Assessment and management of Endocrine conditions – not including diabetes.

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

Children under the age of 17 should be referred to the Paediatric Clinic. Endocrine conditions related to pregnancy should be referred to the Antenatal Clinic.

Emergency conditions

Emergency conditions/symptoms include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Hyperthyroidism complicated by cardiac, respiratory failure
  • Neutropenia in patients taking carbimazole or propylthiouracil
  • Possible tracheal or superior vena caval obstruction from retrosternal thyroid enlargement
  • Confirmed acute adrenal insufficiency
  • Severe untreated chronic adrenal insufficiency
  • Hyponatraemia with acute confusion/delirium
  • Severely symptomatic hypercalcaemia

Referral process

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Specific requirements are detailed in the individual clinic and condition referral guidelines.

Referrals are registered by the clinic to whom they are referred and are triaged according to the specific clinic guidelines.

Clinic Appointments - 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

Urgent / category 1

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent / category 2

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine / category 3

Next available appointment

Referral template

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