Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

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

  • Symptoms including onset, duration and recurrence
  • Details of pain, discharge, bleeding
  • Past history of infections and surgery

Tests

  • FBC/ESR
  • High Vaginal Swab/Chlamydia smear/swabs
  • Urine specimen –Chlamydia
  • Endocx/urethral/rectal swab
  • HCG
  • Pap Smear, if due
  • Ultrasound scan

Interim/GP management

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

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Acute PID; Acutely unwell, pelvic mass, unresponsive to treatment (12-16 hours)

Positive pregnancy test with pelvic pain +/- fever

Routine / category 3

  • Chronic PID: Unresponsive to treatment

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).
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:

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.

Semi-urgent:

Routine:

Will be seen in turn.