Assessment and management of gastroenterology conditions


North South North West Statewide


See Referral Process

Emergency conditions

Emergency conditions/symptoms include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Upper GI Tract Haemorrhage (Haematemesis and/or Melaena), suspected bowel obstruction (vomiting and distension with constipation), suspected acute, severe or fulminant hepatic failure:  All patients should be referred directly to the Emergency Department.
  • Acute severe diarrhoea or bloody diarrhoea: Please contact Emergency Department Medical Officer in Charge via RHH Switchboard (03) 6166 8308

Referral process

Statewide Referral Process

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

All patients referred for surveillance colonoscopies after removal of polyps or for family history are triaged according to the following guidelines:

Note: Referrals of asymptomatic patients deemed not to meet guidelines will be returned to the referrer.

THS Southern Region

RHH Gastroenterology Referrals Pathway

All referrals are triaged and appointments are provided based on clinical priority. Some patients may be suitable for direct access endoscopy – if this is the case you will receive notification from the Endoscopy Booking Office that your patient has been placed on the Endoscopy Waiting List.

Endoscopy Fax number: (03) 6173 0327

GP Only Hotline: (03) 6166 8367
If you have a patient currently waiting on the Endoscopy Waiting List and you wish to discuss their current waiting time or have concerns re their clinical status please contact our senior nursing specialists.

For non-clinical endoscopy enquiries (including patient enquiries):
Endoscopy Booking Office
Phone: (03) 6166 7584 during business hours

THS North West Region

The Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Services are located at the Mersey General Hospital. Please utilise the Direct Endoscopy Referral Form located on the Primary Health Tasmania website.

NW Endoscopy Liaison Nurse
Phone: (03) 6478 5390
Fax: (03) 6441 5942
Booking Office Phone: (03) 6478 5389

Clinic Appointments - Appointments are based on clinical priority:


Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
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 / category 1

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the clinic and the relevant doctor for urgent assessment, or patient should be directed immediately to the Emergency Department.

Semi-urgent / category 2

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine / category 3

Next available appointment

Referral template

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