Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

Assessment and management of adult respiratory conditions and includes assessment for supplemental oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, selected smoking cessation and mantoux testing. Please note most clinics are multidisciplinary clinics. Formal lung function tests and patient education may be provided in conjunction with the clinic.

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

THS Southern Region

  • Respiratory Function Unit: Lung function testing is performed at the Lung Function Unit
  • Patients less than 18 years of age to be referred to Paediatric clinics in the first instance.
  • Referral to Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Smoking Cessation clinic is from within the Respiratory clinic after initial assessment.
  • Sleep studies are not provided at the RHH: All sleep studies are provided by Dr Hugh Mestitz at the Hobart Private Hospital on contract from the RHH. Sleep study requests should be sent directly to the Hobart Sleep Disorders Unit; patients require a referral and need to directly book an appointment by phone (03) 6214 3041.  Fax (03) 6214 3039.

THS Northern Region

See Health Pathways for lung function testing, as not offered in public.

Sleep studies are not offered at LGH.


THS North West Region

This service is offered through General Medicine.

Emergency conditions

Emergency conditions/symptoms require referral to the emergency department and include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Acute respiratory failure (severe dyspnoea, central cyanosis, confusin, haemodynamic instability)
  • Severe pneumonia
  • Acute excerbation of COPD with respiratory failure
  • Acute severe asthma
  • Pneumorthorax
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Severe breathlessness
  • Massive haemoptysis (>200ml)

Referral process

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Referrals are registered in the Specialist Clinic and triaged by the Consultant/Medical Officer when they are next in clinic.

If acute, patient should be directed immediately to the Emergency Department.

Clinic Appointments - Appointments are based on clinical priority:

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 6000 Fax: (03) 6430 6691
RHH ED
– Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6222 8919

Urgent / category 1

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks.

Patients with suspected lung cancer will be seen within one week.

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Respiratory Department and/or the relevant doctor for urgent assessment and referral faxed to the Respiratory Department as well (03) 6222 7579

Semi-urgent / category 2

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks.

Routine / category 3

Next available appointment.

Referral template

For use by health professionals only

Additional information

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Lung Function Testing Request Form