Hydrocephalus and other miscellaneous conditions/Shunt issues

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 include in particular:

  • History of condition
  • Current symptomology


  • CT scan
  • Paediatric patients - MRI may be preferred

Interim/GP management

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

A blocked shunt is an urgent condition and should be discussed with the Neurosurgical registrar via switch on (03) 6166 8308.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.


Blocked VP shunt

Infected VP shunt

Urgent / category 1

Increasing symptoms decrease Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)

Semi-urgent / category 2

Assessment of Benign Intracranial Hypertension (BIH), Normal pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)

Routine / category 3

Follow up of well patient is undertaken by GP

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. Phone the Neurosurgery Registrar on call via Switch (03) 6166 8308 and/or send to RHH DEM

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 cases must be discussed with the Neurosurgery Registrar on call to obtain appropriate prioritisation and a referral faxed to (03) 6173 0491

We will endeavour to see these patients within 30 days, or sooner if clinically indicated.


We will endeavour to see these patients within 90 days, or sooner if clinically indicated.


Next available appointment. We will endeavour to see these patients within 365 days.