Encephalitis and meningitis
Consider urgent referral for patients with the following:
- Suspicion of encephalitis/meningitis should prompt urgent transfer to Emergency
- Flu like symptoms associated with
- Altered movement or sensation
- Dysarthria, dysphasia
- Petechial rash
Encephalitis/meningitis is an inflammation of the brain or meninges most commonly caused by viral infection or bacterial infection. Encephalitis can be mild and self-limiting but can also be a rapidly progressive and potentially life threatening condition and all patients suspected of having this diagnosis with any red flags should be transferred urgently to Emergency.
Suspected meningitis cases should always be transferred urgently to Emergency. Most cases are likely to be managed by Neurology, General Medicine or Infectious Diseases after initial treatment in Emergency.
Other important information for referring practitioners
Hotline: 1300 364 938
Fax: 1300 364 952
Electronic: eReferral system templates
Medical Objects ID: MQ40290004P
HealthLink EDI: qldmnhhs
Mail: Metro North Central Patient Intake
Aspley Community Centre
776 Zillmere Road
ASPLEY QLD 4034
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