North South North West Statewide
All referrals should comply to referral standards and also include:
- Clinical examination – good description of changes such as new discrete lump, new lump in pre-existing nodularity
- Presence of asymmetrically nodularity that persists at review after menstruation
- Cyst persistently refilling or recurrent cyst
- Note of investigations ordered and name of service referred to
- Imaging (mammography and/or ultrasound, depending on age and degree of clinical suspicion)
- Needle biopsy (preferably core biopsy if suspicious for cancer; FNA). This can not be organised through RHH and should be organised prior to referral with copies to clinic but should not delay referral in urgent or suspicious cases
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Breast Surgery clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
Ensure that all tests are copied to Breast Surgery Clinic.
Simple analgesia, well supported bra may help.
Abscesses need to be treated with antibiotics while waiting for referral.
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Unwell patient with systemic symptoms with breast abscess
Urgent / category 1
Newly diagnosed breast cancer
Strongly suspected breast cancer
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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