Rheumatology

Conditions

Other conditions where specialist rheumatology input is sometimes sought:

For established rheumatological conditions requiring referral for ongoing specialist input, please ensure the following information is also included:

  • Where and when diagnosed
  • Rheumatological medication history / intolerances

Copies of past investigations/specialist letters can significantly speed referral processing

Emergency referrals

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

  • Concerns for septic arthritis
  • Complications of disease or therapy requiring emergent review – systemically unwell

  • Concerns for septic arthritis
  • Complications of disease or therapy requiring emergent review – systemically unwell

  • Concerns for septic arthritis
  • Complications of disease or therapy requiring emergent review – systemically unwell

  • Concerns for septic arthritis
  • Severe drug reaction to Allopurinol

  • Complications of disease or therapy requiring emergent review – systemically unwell

  • Complications of disease or therapy requiring emergent review – systemically unwell

  • Complications of disease or therapy requiring emergent review – systemically unwell

  • Complications of disease or therapy requiring emergent review – systemically unwell

  • Presentation to ED if visual disturbance or loss
  • Complications of disease or therapy requiring emergent review

Patients will be allocated to the various facilities based on their postcode, the availability of particular services at those facilities and to improve equity of access across the district.

For urgent referrals please contact the Rheumatology team via the switchboard at your preferred above location.

MNHHS public outpatient rheumatology services are intended for those aged 16 or over. It may be appropriate to accept patients from 14 years depending on clinical circumstances.

For patients under 16, please consider a referral to Dr Ben Whitehead at Children’s Health Queensland.

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