Hernia (including Incisional)

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

All referrals should comply to referral standards and include in particular:

  • Size and location
  • Reducibility
  • Symptoms and impact on their quality of life is helpful in triaging

Tests

An ultrasound is not required for obvious hernias.

Interim/GP management

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

Patient should be educated about warning signs of strangulation.Avoid heavy lifting.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Emergency

Strangulated hernia

Urgent / category 1

Immediate recurrence of hernia post treatment.

Frequent pain

Semi-urgent / category 2

Symptoms interfering with life and work

Routine / category 3

Uncomplicated hernias

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

Emergency:

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6426 5115
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6430 6691
RHH ED - Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6222 8919

Urgent:

For urgent referrals call the RHH switch on 6166 8308 and ask for the nurse in charge of surgical clinics or the relevant consultant to expedite the consultation.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine:

Next available appointment