From April – August 2022, the Department will contact patients waiting for an outpatient clinic appointment via SMS, with a link to an electronic form. This forms part of a routine audit to ensure patient details are up to date. If you receive this SMS, please update your details.
North South North West Statewide
Direct Referral to Cardiology Clinic
All referrals should comply to the Referral Standards and must include:
- Physical findings including colour assessment or oxygen saturation
- Report presence or absence of the following:
- - History of exercise intolerance
- - Cyanotic episodes or blue spells
- - Weak or absent femoral pulses
- - Clubbing
Highly desirable information - may change triage category
- Known other congenital abnormalities
- Family history of congenital cardiac disease
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or Maori status (acute rheumatic fever / rheumatic heart disease risk)
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Cardiology clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
Desirable information - will assist at consultation
- Other past medical history
- Immunisation history
- Developmental history
- Medication history
- Significant psychosocial risk factors (especially parent’s mental health, family violence, housing and financial stress, department of child safety involvement).
- Height/weight/head circumference and growth charts with prior measurements if available.
- Other physical examination findings inclusive of CNS, birth marks or dysmorphology.
- Any relevant laboratory results or medical imaging reports, urinalysis result.
Interim management advice for Heart Murmurs in Adults can be found on HealthPathways.
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Suspected or confirmed Bacterial Endocarditis
Urgent / category 1
Asymptomatic murmur in a baby from birth to 3 months
- Asymptomatic murmur at any age in association with acute rheumatic fever
- Murmur with cyanosis, heart failure, syncope or seizures
- Children already diagnosed with a condition with known cyanosis or heart failure
Semi-urgent / category 2
- Asymptomatic murmur in a child aged 4 months to 2 years
- Murmur at any age with a past history of rheumatic fever
Routine / category 3
- Asymptomatic murmur in a child over 2 years old
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 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 one week, or sooner if clinically indicated.
We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks
Next available appointment usually within eight weeks