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
- Suspected lung cancer*
- Lung mass for assessment
- All cases will be viewed as urgent
- Referrals can be faxed to the Department of Respiratory Medicine in your region.
- Cases can be discussed with the Respiratory Registrar or the Consultant on call (contact via Switch in your area)
All referrals should comply with the Referral Standards and specifically include:
- Recent symptoms
- Smoking history
- Occupational history, including prior asbestos exposure
- Functional status (ECOG score)
- CT Chest
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Respiratory and Sleep Medicine clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
* Lung cancer should be considered if potential symptoms/signs of lung cancer including unexplained haemoptysis, new or changed cough, chest and/or shoulder pain, shortness of breath, hoarseness, anorexia, weight loss, unresolved chest infection, abnormal chest signs clubbing, cervical and/or supraclavicular lymphadenopathy, features suggestive of metastasis from the lung (brain, bone, liver, skin) pleural effusion, SVC obstruction, stridor are unexplained and greater than 3 weeks in duration.
Please refer to the Cancer Council of Australia website for GP advice regarding the investigation and management of patients with suspected lung cancer.
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Large haemoptysis (>30ml/24hours)
Urgent / category 1
All cases will be viewed as urgent
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.
Patients with suspected lung cancer will be seen within one week.
Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Respiratory Department and/or the relevant doctor for urgent assessment and referral faxed to the Respiratory Department as well (03) 6173 0462.
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks.
Next available appointment.