Respiratory (undifferentiated)

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

Assessment and management of adult respiratory conditions, including bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease, assessment of respiratory failure, chest wall disease and includes assessment for supplemental oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation.

All referrals should comply with the Referral Standards and specifically include:

  • Smoking status
  • Co-morbidities and past history
  • Relevant occupational and recreational
  • Current and past medications
  • General medical history including risk factors for coronary disease, thromboembolic disease
  • Description of the provoking and relieving factors and accompanying symptoms

Tests

Pulse oximetry may be useful - hypoxaemia in a patient with dyspnoea indicates significant disease.

Initial helpful pre-referral test might include:

  • ECG
  • FBC, UEC, LFT
  • CXR
  • Office based spirometry, if possible

Interim/GP management

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

  • Smoking cessation program
  • Respiratory Function Unit: Lung function testing is performed at the Lung Function Unit

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.

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:

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks.

Patients with suspected lung cancer will be seen within one week.

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Respiratory Department and/or the relevant doctor for urgent assessment and referral faxed to the Respiratory Department as well (03) 6173 0462.

Semi-urgent:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks.

Routine:

Next available appointment.