Fever or Pyrexia of Unknown Origin


North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up


All referrals should comply to referral standards and also include:

  • History of recent travel
  • History of contact or family illness
  • History of animal handling
  • Co-morbidites especially immunosuppression or Diabetes Mellitus
  • Current treatment and failed treatments
  • Description of any rash


  • FBE
  • ESR
  • CRP
  • LFTs
  • MSU
  • Blood cultures
  • Viral swabs of vesicles
  • Consider testing for Malaria, Dengue fever, Ross River or Hepatitis A if indicated

Interim/GP management

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

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.


Systemically unwell with rigors

Systemically unwell with non-blanching rash.

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 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 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