Peripheral Nerves

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

Includes carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve compression, lateral popliteal nerve palsy.

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

  • History of symptoms
  • Previous management

Tests

  • Nerve conduction studies – performed by Neurology department

Interim/GP management

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

  • Priority one if motor or severe sensory symptoms
  • Can be referred to General Surgery or Plastic Surgery if appropriate
  • Consider conservative treatment, e.g. steroid injection splinting

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Priority one if motor or severe sensory symptoms 
Compression caused by tumour

Semi-urgent / category 2

Failure of conservative 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). 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) 6441 5923
NWRH ED
– Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED
– Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489 - Phone the Neurosurgery Registrar on call via Switch (03) 6166 8308 and/or send to RHH DEM

Urgent:

Urgent cases must be discussed with the Neurosurgery Registrar on call to obtain appropriate prioritisation and a referral faxed to (03) 6173 0291

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