Peripheral Nerves

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

Includes carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve compression, lateral popliteal nerve palsy.

All referrals should comply to referral standards and include in particular:

  • History of symptoms
  • Previous management

Tests

  • Nerve conduction studies – performed by Neurology department

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Neurosurgery clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

  • Priority one if motor or severe sensory symptoms
  • Can be referred to General Surgery or Plastic Surgery if appropriate
  • Consider conservative treatment, e.g. steroid injection splinting

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Priority one if motor or severe sensory symptoms 
Compression caused by tumour

Semi-urgent / category 2

Failure of conservative treatment

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

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. Phone the Neurosurgery Registrar on call via Switch (03) 6166 8308 and/or send to RHH DEM

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:

Urgent cases must be discussed with the Neurosurgery Registrar on call to obtain appropriate prioritisation and a referral faxed to (03) 6173 0491

We will endeavour to see these patients within 30 days, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 90 days, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Routine:

Next available appointment. We will endeavour to see these patients within 365 days.