Spinal Injury Clinic

ConditionsConditions

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For a rehabilitative approach to the management of any patient suffering a spinal cord injury.

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

For adults with a spinal cord injury. Children to be referred to Paediatrics.

If the acute post injury treatment was carried out in the south, then the follow up, at least in the initial phase is likely to be in the south as well.

Emergency conditions

There are no emergency criteria.  If you feel the patient needs to be seen urgently, within the week, it is suggested you phone one of the consultants to discuss prior to faxing the referral.

Referral process

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

Specifically functional capacity, private investigation results and any particular concerns.

A referral is required for all new appointments and can be faxed directly to the clinic.

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

Please indicate if an interpreter is required and for which language. We will arrange this when booking the appointment.

If cognitive or language deficits are present it is essential the patient is accompanied by a friend or family member to provide the necessary collaborative history.

Clinic Appointments – Appointments are based on clinical priority:

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

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.