Chronic Wounds

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

All referrals should comply with referral standards and specifically include:

  • Brief overview of wound history and current treatment plan:
    • Wound location, initial cause, duration, previous and current treatments, wound related pain
    • Weight estimation if over 160kg

Tests

  • FBC, UEC, LFT, Lipids, (HbA1c if diabetic)
  • Recent wound swab result (if applicable)
  • Duplex arterial / venous ultrasound scan results (if recent)

Interim/GP management

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

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Emergency

Spreading cellulitis with systemic signs

Rest pain in a person with a diabetic foot ulcer

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

Emergency:

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED
– Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
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 (or Clinic Nurse Monday and Thursday only) 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