Asplenic patients- vaccine access
North South North West Statewide
All THS Regions: This referral process is to allow for patient access to state subsidised vaccines which are recommended by Spleen Australian and the Australian Immunisation Handbook (AIH) for asplenic / functional hyposplenia patients without the need for patient review in the Infectious Diseases clinic.
Asplenic patients: GP Management
For asplenic patients, the principles of management include:
- Registration of asplenic patients onto the Spleen Registry.
- Consideration for antibiotics (prophylaxis and emergency supply).
- Vaccinations: please refer to the GP Referral and Prescription Form for Vaccines for Asplenic Patients and send to the most suitable THS Hospital Pharmacy Department (See flow chart for address and fax details).
- Please refer to the THS Guideline for the Management of Patients with Splenectomy (Asplenia) or Hyposplenism for further information if required.
Note: The majority of these patients will not require referral to the Infectious Diseases Clinic, but if the patient is complicated and requires specific considerations, please see the Infectious Diseases Clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Infectious Diseases clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.
Proceed to Emergency Department (ED).
LGH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED* – Phone: (03) 6478 5120 Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED* – Phone: (03) 6493 6351 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6173 0489
Advice for medical practitioners can be given by the Medical Officer In Charge (MOIC) - see HealthPathways Tasmania for contact information.
*MCH and NWRH MOICs request GPs call them prior to referring a patient to ensure the patient is being sent appropriately to a safe destination.
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.
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks
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