Scleroderma

Assessment and management of patients with known Scleroderma and patients with known or suspected connective tissue disease particularly associated with Raynaud's disease or skin changes including digital ulceration

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

THS Southern Region

Paediatric patients should be referred to the paediatric clinic for initial assessment.


THS Northern and North West Region

Refer to General Medicine.

Referral process

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

Specific requirements are detailed in the individual clinic and condition referral guidelines.

All referrals triaged and allocated to consultant or unit registrar based on clinical priority. Registrar cases will be discussed with consultant.

Patients are assessed by Rheumatologist and Rheumatology Nurse.

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

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 four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

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

It would be appreciated if fingernail polish could be removed prior to clinic appointment.

Related clinics include Rheumatology Clinic