Type 2 Diabetes (Complex, with Complications)
From April – August 2022, the Department will contact patients waiting for an outpatient clinic appointment via SMS, with a link to an electronic form. This forms part of a routine audit to ensure patient details are up to date. If you receive this SMS, please update your details.
North South North West Statewide
All referrals should comply to referral standards and include in particular:
- Reason for referral: failed management, change in pattern
- Onset of condition including glycosuria, nocturia, polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia
- History of weight loss, malaise, fatigue
- History of predisposing features: haemochromatosis, autoimmune disorders, cultural group, obesity, inactivity, hypertension
- Obstetric history of macrosomia or gestational diabetes
- Medications causing hyperglycaemia
- Risk factors for complications: smoking, pre-existing skin disease or cardiovascular disease
- Occupational issues: pilots, bus drivers
- Examination should include BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, pedal sensation and circulation
- Urinalysis including ketones
- Current medications and past medications including reason for change
Note: Pregnant patients need early referral to Antenatal Endocrine Clinic
Please indicate if a GP team care arrangement exists and who is involved in the patients care. Please include a copy of the plan
See below for information on driver's licence assessment
- Fasting lipid profile
- Urea, electrolytes & creatinine, eGFR
- Liver function tests
- Urine ACR
- ECG, if >50 years old and at least one other vascular
- Thyroid function tests, if indicated
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Diabetes clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
See the RACGP guidelines for diabetes management in General Practice.
Direct link to Health Pathways Diabetes in Pregnancy page
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Urgent / category 1
Poor control with hypoglycaemia
At risk of hyperosmolar hyperglycaemia
Semi-urgent / category 2
Routine / category 3
Commercial driver's licence
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.
Referrals for patients with Type 2 Diabetes needing Commercial Driver's Licence assessment will be accepted. These referrals will be Category 3 and will only be accepted if all elements of the Annual Cycle of Care are completed and noted in the referral, in particular details of diabetic education and cardiovascular assessment (including cardiology opinion if necessary).
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.
For urgent referrals to the JMDC, please call phone number 67774100, or see HealthPathways for direct contact phone number.
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks
Next available appointment