Foreign bodies in ear/nose
North South North West Statewide
All referrals should comply to the referral standards and include:
- History of insertion of foreign body
- Description of findings
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the ENT clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
Do not attempt direct removal unless experienced and have adequate equipment as otherwise may push the foreign body further necessitating removal under general anaesthetic.
If live insect, drown with olive oil:
- Syringing may be attempted
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Refer immediately to ED
Batteries must be referred immediately as they may corrode and damage mucosa within hours
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). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6777 5201
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 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.
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks
Next available appointment