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).
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 / 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