Adult Cystic Fibrosis

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

Tasmanian Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit (TACFU) coordinates the care of adult patients with proven cystic fibrosis and will assess those individuals with suspected cystic fibrosis.

For appointments or enquires regarding Cystic Fibrosis please ring the CF coordinator via RHH Switch.

Cystic Fibrosis Clinics are held at Wellington Clinics and the Telstra Building, Level 5, 70 Collins Street, Hobart.

TACFU is a multidisciplinary unit and co-ordinates the care with physicians and other allied health staff.

Tests

  • Recent chest x-ray
  • Office spirometry
  • FBE, LFT, U&E
  • Coagulation profile, fasting BSL
  • Calcium, vitamin D and iron studies

Interim/GP management

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

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Emergency

Acute asthma with marked respiratory distress

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

Cystic Fibrosis Association

Emergency:

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED).
LGH ED Reception  – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED* – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED* – Phone: (03) 6493 6351 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Advice for medical practitioners can be given by the Medical Officer In Charge (MOIC) - see HealthPathways Tasmania for contact information.
*MCH and NWRH MOICs request GPs call them prior to referring a patient to ensure the patient is being sent appropriately to a safe destination.

Urgent:

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) 6173 0462.

Semi-urgent:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks.

Routine:

Next available appointment.