Falls Clinic

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

All referrals should comply with Referral Standards and specifically include:

  • Highlight specific concerns
  • Include relevant recent investigations and recent letters from other providers
  • Prior to referral arrange Physiotherapy assessment
  • Current medication list with any recent changes highlighted
  • Allergies
  • Past medical history
  • Recent BP recordings with a postural BP if possible.

If the person has services attending, please describe:

  • Fracture history
  • Osteoporosis history

* Please ask that the patient comes with another person who can verify the history.

* Please consider if a direct referral to the Community Rehabilitation unit is the best first option.

Tests

  • BMD
  • FBC, U&E, LFT, Calcium, Vitamin D, HbA1c, CK (if on statin)
  • TSH, B12 and Folate
  • CT Brain or MRI (if appropriate)
  • Cognitive testing (e.g. GP Cog/MMSE/ MOCA) - one only

Interim/GP management

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

From this Clinic the consultant may choose to refer the patient to Allied Health Services within the Community Rehabilitation Unit for further assessment or treatment.  Referring GPs will be advised of this.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

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.

Urgent:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 4 weeks.  Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a telephone call to the Consultant/Registrar or Clinic Nurse to organise urgent review.

Semi-urgent:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks.

Routine:

Next available appointment.