Soft Tissue Injuries

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

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

Including acute knee injuries 

  • Patella dislocation
  • Locked meniscal tear
  • Ligament injuries

Tests

For urgent review within one month of injury

  • X-ray

Interim/GP management

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

Non operative treatment initially:

  • RICE
  • Physiotherapy
  • Bracing for complete collateral injury

Direct link to Health Pathways - Orthopaedics/Musculoskeletal folder

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

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:
Urgent referrals (including fractures) should be accompanied by a phone call to the Registrar to organise urgent review in clinic and the referral must be faxed.

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