Paediatric Surgery

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.


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The Department of Paediatric Surgery at the Royal Hobart Hospital provides a statewide service to babies and children up to and including 14 years of age, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


North South North West Statewide


Non-medical circumcisions are not performed.

Emergency conditions

Acutely unwell children should be referred to Emergency Department.

Referral process

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

All Paediatric Surgical referrals are triaged according to clinical guidelines.

Generic referrals (eg To Paediatric Surgeon) will be distributed amongst three consultant Paediatric Surgeons and booked according to urgency and waiting time

Referrals with named consultant will be booked into the named consultant's clinic.  If the consultant is away for a period of time and the matter is of some urgency, the referral will be triaged to the other consultant Paediatric Surgeon.

Clinic Appointments – Appointments are based on clinical priority:


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 / 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

Guidelines for Paediatric surgical care can be found at

Paediatric Surgeons and Registrar are happy to be rung for advice on complex patients via RHH Switch (03) 6166 8308.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.