Abnormal Liver Function Tests (LFTs)
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
All referrals should comply with referral standards and specifically include:
- Alcohol and drug history
- Height, weight and BMI
Upper abdominal USS report
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Gastroenterology clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Potentially life-threatening symptoms suggestive of:
- Acute severe GI bleeding
- Acute liver failure
- Sepsis in a patient with cirrhosis
- Severe encephalopathy in a patient with liver disease
Urgent / category 1
Abnormal liver function tests with ALT >500 and/or concerning features (select those applicable):
- Evidence of liver decompensation
Semi-urgent / category 2
Abnormal liver function tests +/- Low platelets and/or splenomegaly without concerning features (see above)
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.
We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks
Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the clinic and the relevant doctor for urgent assessment, or patient should be directed immediately to the Emergency Department.
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks
Next available appointment