Varicose Veins or Post-phlebitic syndrome

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

All referrals should comply to referral standards and also include:

  • Chronic dermatitis, leg ulcers or foot infections that fail to heal as a result of severe varicosities causing stasis and venous ulceration
  • Recurrent superficial thrombophlebitis, more than one episode of bleeding from varicose vein

Tests

  • Duplex scan for "venous insufficiency"

Interim/GP management

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

Use of venous compression stockings, emollients

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Ascending thrombophlebitis to level of saphenofemoral junction

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

For scope of referral please refer to Information for GPs table 1.3 on page 6

For more information about varicose veins management

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) 6441 5923
NWRH ED
– Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED
– Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Urgent:

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:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine:

Next available appointment