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 to referral standards and include in particular:
- Rapidity of onset
- Symptoms of sleep disorders
- Symptoms of depression
- Associated symptoms (dyspnoea, chest pain, GI bleeding, joint/muscle pain, polyuria or polydypsia or tremor)
- Impact on daily life and work
- Co-morbidities and medications
- * Weight loss or symptoms of malignancy
- * Anaemia
- * Falling asleep while driving
- Presence of goitre or abnormal thyroid examination
- Signs of cardiac disease
- Neurological examination
- Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphate
- Fasting glucose
- Creatinine Kinase if muscle weakness or pain
- CT chest/abdo/pelvis if lymphadenopathy
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the General Medicine clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
The presence of (*) could indicate a serious condition. Consider phoning the General Physician on-call.
Should a blood or iron transfusion be required, please indicate this in the referral and we can arrange this within the Ambulatory Care Centre. Please advise whether you would like an opinion also OR just the transfusion/infusion.
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Urgent / category 1
Anaemia requiring transfusion: Try to avoid sending patient to Emergency Department. Please contact the General Medicine Team on-call to facilitate.
Rapid unexplained weight loss
Semi-urgent / category 2
Iron infusion. Please indicate this requirement on your referral
Routine / category 3
Symptoms over months/years - undulating course
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.
None of the general physicians has an interest in chronic fatigue syndrome nor expertise in immunology.
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 two weeks.
Please contact the General Medicine Consultant on-call if you have an urgent case to be reviewed. All referrals viewed by Consultant and allocated to Consultant or Unit Registrar. Registrar cases will be discussed with Consultant.
We will endeavour to see these patients within eight weeks
Next available appointment