Outreach Clinics (Paediatric)
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.
There is no condition information for this clinic
These are general Paediatric clinics aimed at children living in areas with limited access to transport and where travel to Hobart would be prohibitive to receiving care.
North South North West Statewide
Assessment and management of children and young people with medical concerns.
Children who are under State Guardianship but living in this region with their kinship or foster carers will also be seen in this clinic.
Outreach clinics are conducted at Bridgewater, Geeveston and Sorell for people living in the surrounding areas.
This Clinic does not offer an emergency service.
Referrals should be sent to the general Paediatric Clinic. Patients that live within the surrounding areas will generally be triaged to these clinics. If you have a specific request for a patient to be seen at an outreach clinic or there is a preference for the patient to be seen at the Royal Hobart Hospital, please specify this in the referral.
A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must comply with the Referral Standards and specifically include:
- History of presenting complaint
- Antenatal and birth history
- Developmental history (early milestones, level of current functioning, history of any regression)
- Behavioural concerns
- General health/associated medical issues
- Past medical history including previous interventions, medications, allergies
- Relevant family history
No specific investigations recommended
Please attach results of any investigations which have been performed
- Vision and hearing assessment
- Cognitive/developmental assessments (Griffiths, Bailey, WISC, WPPSI)
- Laboratory investigations
Interim / GP Management
Please also consider sending an audiology assessment and Early Childhood Intervention Service if there is speech and language delay.
Clinic Appointments – Appointments are based on clinical priority:
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 / category 1
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.
Semi-urgent / category 2
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks
Routine / category 3
Next available appointment
For use by health professionals only
If any developmental concerns: a concurrent referral to Early Childhood Intervention Service may be appropriate.