North South North West Statewide
All referrals should comply to the referral standards and include:
- Duration of hearing loss
- Bilateral or Unilateral
- Associated symptoms – vertigo, tinnitus, otalgia, otorrhoea
- Examination of ear – cerumen, effusion, normal
- Tuning fork findings for sudden loss
- Audiology report for chronic
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the ENT clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
- If cerumen present, use dissolving drops and irrigation or suction
- No referral required for bilateral symmetrical sensorineural hearing loss - refer for hearing aid assessment
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Sudden onset hearing loss with no clear aetiologySudden onset hearing loss with vertigo and tinnitus
Urgent / category 1
- Children with associated ENT conditions – snoring, swallowing difficulties
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.
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
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