Asthma/Respiratory (Paediatric)

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

This clinic is for difficult to control asthma or complex or recurrent respiratory conditions in children to 18 years of age.

All referrals should comply with Referral Standards and specifically include:

  • History of the condition including onset and pattern
  • Family history
  • Current and past treatments and efficacy
  • Immunisation history
  • Past history in particular hospitalisations

Tests

  • Peak functional severity assessment
  • Copies of any CXRs

Interim/GP management

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

An asthma plan should be developed.

Consider referral to Asthma Foundation of Tasmania (Ph: 1800 278 462) for education and support.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Emergency

Severe uncontrolled asthma

Urgent / category 1

Recurrent attacks requiring hospitalisation or steroids

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

Asthma Australia

Asthma Foundation of Tasmania

Australian Asthma Handbook

National Asthma Council Australia

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

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 4 weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

For any urgent sexual abuse/assault concerns please phone RHH switchboard and ask Paediatric Sexual Assault Consultant or Registrar on call for advice.

Semi-urgent:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine:

Next available appointment