Hypoglycaemia in non-diabetic patient

The Department will periodically contact patients waiting for an outpatient clinic appointment via SMS, with a link to an electronic form.  This is part of routine waitlist auditing to ensure patient details are up to date.  If you receive this SMS, please update your details.


North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up


All referrals should comply to referral standards and also include:

  • Pattern of symptoms – post prandial or fasting, relieved by carbohydrates
  • Previous abdominal surgery
  • Access to hypoglycaemic medications


  • Capillary, plasma glucose at time of symptoms
  • Paired plasma glucose and insulin
  • 2 hour GTT to exclude diabetes or IGT
  • LFTs, U&E
  • Plasma cortisol
  • 24-hour calcium

Interim/GP management

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

Condition can be divided into reactive (post prandial) – with usual causes being young fit lean adult, IGT, early NIDDM or dumping syndrome, or fasting – causes insulin excess especially insulinoma, liver failure, hypoadrenalism, growth hormone deficiency, sulphonylureas, insulin.

Do not fast outpatient with suspected insulinoma.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

All patients with fasting hypoglycaemia

Semi-urgent / category 2

Suspected hypoglycaemia

Routine / category 3

Reactive hypoglycaemia not responding to diet

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.

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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