Bone or Joint Infections
North South North West Statewide
All referrals should comply to referral standards and include in particular:
- Duration of condition
- Conservative management undertaken
- Previous surgery on area
- Consider nuclear medicine scan (bone scan)
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Orthopaedic Surgery clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
No antibiotics to be commenced by GP in setting of suspected infection in bone/joint/arthroplasty without first communicating with orthopaedic registrar on-call
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Urgent / category 1
Bone and/or joint infection
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 6405 Fax: (03) 6777 5201
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
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