Chronic Kidney Disease
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
The following people should be considered for referral to the renal clinic:
- eGFR < 30mL/min/1.73m2 (including all people with a kidney transplant or dependent on dialysis)
- New onset Nephrotic Syndrome (Oedema, Hypoalbuminaemia, Proteinuria>3.5g/24hr)
- Unexplained decline in kidney function (> 25% drop in eGFR over three months)
- Proteinuria > 1g/24hrs- particularly in non-diabetics
- Glomerular haematuria (particularly if proteinuria present)
- Potential kidney donors
The following people may be considered for referral to the renal clinic:
- Recurrent urine infection
- Resistant Hypertension (on 3 or more agents)
- Recurrent renal calculi
- UEC including e GFR
- Comprehensive metabolic panel (includes calcium, magnesium, phosphate, urea, bicarbonate, chloride, blood glucose)
- Consider lipids
- Urine albumin/protein quantification (Generally Urine ACR)
- Consider renal ultrasound if anatomical imaging needed
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Nephrology (Renal) clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
- Pay attention to cardiovascular risk reduction
- Use ACE inhibitors or ARBs if possible
- Monitor three to six monthly as per protocol in guidelines
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Acute presentation and signs of acute glomerulonephritis
Urgent / category 1
(Glomerular Haematuria) Presence of Proteinuria and Haematuria with associated rapid unexplained decline in kidney function (>25% decline in GFR over 6-12 weeks)
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.Refer to the Kidney Association Guidelines
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 OR contact Renal Advanced Trainee or Nephrologist on Service via RHH Switchboard (03) 6222 8303 to facilitate urgent review/advice.
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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