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 the referral standards and include:

  • History of condition – infection, frequency of attacks
  • History of treatment
  • History of associated features such as ear infections, snoring, sleep apnoea


  • FBE
  • IM titre (Monospot) to exclude glandular fever – but do not delay for results if Quinsy is suspected

Interim/GP management

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

Direct link to Health Pathways - Tonsillitis page

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.


Quinsy – Severe odynophagia with trismus and presence of unilateral tonsillar displacement with uvula displacement and cervical lymphadenopathy

Tonsillar haemorrhage – post operative or spontaneous

Severe acute tonsillitis unable to tolerate fluids

Severe acute tonsillitis with noisy breathing/breathing difficulty/voice changes/severe pain

Routine / category 3

  • 6 episodes in the last 12 months
  • 4 episodes per year in the past 2 years
  • 2-3 episodes per year for the past 3 years

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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