Hands and Wrists
North South North West Statewide
Refer if functional impairment or if unresponsive to treatment for the following:
- Stenosing tenosynovitis/tenovaginitis (e.g. trigger finger)
- Ganglia – only if symptomatic
- Painful/stiff wrists
- Dupuytren's contractures
All referrals should comply to referral standards and include in particular:
- Duration of condition
- Conservative management undertaken
- Previous surgery on area
- Consider also referral to Plastic Surgery Clinic or Rheumatology Clinic
- X-ray (AP & lateral wrist)
- FBE, ESR & CRP if inflammation suspected
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Orthopaedic Surgery clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physiotherapy +/- splinting
- Consider aspiration of ganglia and multiple puncture
- Direct link to Health Pathways Hand and Wrist folder
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Urgent / category 1
Fractures that have been treated with initial management in ED or General Practice
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.
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
Next available appointment