Minor Anal Complaints

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

Referral can be made for:

  • Anal fissures, pilonidal sinus, skin tags, anal warts

All referrals should comply to the referral standards and include:

  • duration and severity of symptoms
  • bleeding
  • constipation
  • co-morbidities eg IBD or HIV etc

Tests

  • PR examination and result

Interim/GP management

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

Advice on bowel management, avoidance of constipation, local creams should be offered.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Pilonidal abscess

Peri anal mass ( ? cancer )

Peri anal complications of IBD

Routine / category 3

  • Anal fissures
  • pilonidal sinus'
  • skin tags
  • anal warts

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

Consider referral to General Surgery

Emergency:

Emergency patient should be sent directly to the Emergency Department.
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Urgent:

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:
Routine: