Diabetes (Paediatric)

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

This is for all children less than 18 years of age with diabetes who require management and advice, and multidisciplinary care.

Referral Process

All referrals should comply with the Referral Standards and specifically include:

  • Reason for referral
  • Recent weight loss

Interim/GP management

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

New diabetes in children is usually an emergency presentation, ring consultant or registrar for advice.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Emergency

New onset diabetes
Signs of Ketoacidosis

Urgent / category 1

Worsening control
Behavioural changes threatening control

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

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