Suspected or Confirmed Colorectal Cancer


North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up


All referrals should comply to the referral standards and include:

  • Signs or symptoms suggestive of colorectal cancer
  • Palpable mass
  • Suspicious bleeding or definite change in bowel habit

Vague lower abdominal pain should be worked up as per gastroenterology guidelines for abdominal pain.


  • FBE
  • LFTs
  • CEA
  • CT scan of chest, abdomen and pelvis
  • Biopsy result if available
  • Colonoscopy or barium enema result if available
  • FOB if available

Referral process: Contact Specialist Clinics by phone prior to faxing referral on patients with confirmed cancer.

Interim/GP management

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

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Confirmed colorectal cancer

Strongly suspected colorectal cancer

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


Emergency patient should be sent directly to the Emergency Department.
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 8302  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED – Phone: 0409 867 492  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED – Phone: 0459 848 725  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6101  Fax: (03) 6173 0489


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.