Acute Burns/Scar Review

The Department will periodically contact patients waiting for an outpatient clinic appointment via SMS, with a link to an electronic form.  This is part of routine waitlist auditing to ensure patient details are up to date.  If you receive this SMS, please update your details.


North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up


All referrals should comply with referral standards and also include:

For scar review, also include:

  • Details of the original burn and treatment including site and size
  • Current condition of scar
  • Co-morbidities which may delay healing

Interim/GP management

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

Provide supportive treatment in acute phase such as analgesia and hydration.

Direct link to Health Pathways burns injury page.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.


Acute burns

Urgent / category 1

All burns requiring specialised burns treatment

Post skin graft Burns that took >2-3 weeks to heal

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an 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 referrals should be faxed to 03 6173 0202. For advice during Business Hours contact the Burns Outpatient Clinic RHH, Ph: 6166 0098. After hours advise can be provided through the Burns Unit K9 East, Ph: 6166 8566.

We will endeavour to see these patients within one week, or sooner if clinically indicated.