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Skin and soft tissue pathology – benign and malignant


+ Emergency

If any of the following are present or suspected, please refer the patient to the emergency department (via ambulance if necessary) or seek emergent medical advice if in a remote region.

  • Suspected strangulated/incarcerated or obstruction of any hernia
  • Acute, severe abdominal pain with or without associated sepsis
  • New onset of obstructive jaundice
  • Acute painful perianal conditions
  • Acute cholecystitis
  • Gallstones with symptoms of cholangitis
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Severe per rectum bleeding
  • Acute abscess at any site
  • Acute testicular pain

+ Other management information

  • Advise patient regarding sun avoidance and use of sun screens
  • Educate patient on skin cancer surveillance and arrange annual skin checks

+ Minimum referral criteria - Does your patient meet the minimum referral criteria?

+ Standard referral information To be included in all referrals

 

Essential referral information

Without this information the referral will be rejected
  • General referral information
  • Pigmented lesion features: size, shape, colour, inflammation, oozing, change in sensation
  • Smoking status
  • Anticoagulant therapy

+ Additional referral information for referrals

  • Biopsy results unless clinically contraindicated.  Excision biopsy is the preferred method for biopsy suspected melanoma
  • USS of lesion (for a suspicious lipoma)
  • CT results – if malignancy suspected
  • Photograph – with patient’s consent, where secure image transfer, identification and storage is possible

Out of catchment

West Moreton Health is responsible for providing a public health service to people who reside within its catchment area. To appropriately manage demand for service we do not accept referrals from outside this catchment area. If your patient does live outside the West Moreton Health area and it is deemed socially or clinically necessary for their care to be received in the West Moreton Health Service, inclusion of information regarding their particular medical and/or social factors will assist with the triaging of your referral.

Feedback

To provide feedback about contents on this website or general referral questions please email WM-CPC@health.qld.gov.au or phone 3413 7402.



Last updated: Monday, August 13, 2018

Send referrals to


Secure messaging:
Secure web transfer IQ43050005G

General Fax:
3810 1438

Priority Fax for urgent category 1 referrals:
3413 7277

Post:
Outpatients Referrals Centre
PO Box 73, Ipswich
Queensland, 4305

Patient Enquiries:
3810 1217

GP/Specialist Referral Enquiry:
3810 1869 or 3810 1858


Named referrals

If you would like to send a named referral, please address it to the specialist on the referral template, who will allocate a suitably qualified specialist to see the patient.

From July 1 2017 Commonwealth growth funding has been capped. This changes how WMHS can fund its growth as an organisation. Named referrals from GP’s help support hospital funding through a Medicare bulk-billing arrangement. The new federal funding model incorporates specific pricing for patients which removes concerns around ‘double dipping'. This benefits hospital and patient services.


Patient must bring

  • Medicare card
  • Any concession cards (e.g. Pension, Health Care, DVA, PBS Safety Net, ADF, etc)