Vascular Surgery


Please note this is not an exhaustive list of all conditions for outpatient services and does not exclude consideration for referral unless specifically stipulated in the out of scope section.

Paediatric services

Referrals for children and young people should follow the Children’s Health Queensland referral guidelines.

Emergency department referrals

All urgent cases must be discussed with the on call Vascular Registrar. Contact through Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (07) 3646 8111 to obtain appropriate prioritisation and treatment.

Urgent cases accepted via phone must be accompanied with a written referral and a copy faxed immediately to the Central Patient Intake Unit: 1300 364 952.

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

  • Crescendo or multiple recent TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) / amaurosis fugax
  • Acute stroke
  • Acute aortic dissection
  • Ruptured AAA
  • Symptomatic AAA (abdominal/back pain/tenderness, compressive symptoms, distal embolisation)
  • Axillary vein thrombosis, iliofemoral DVT
  • Acute DVT
  • Active infection in leg with peripheral arterial disease
  • Diabetic foot infection (refer to high-risk foot pathway)
  • Acute arterial ischemia/threatened limb
  • Ischaemic changes and/or threatened limb (ulcer, gangrene, rest pain)
  • Active infection in leg with peripheral arterial disease
  • Diabetic foot infection (refer to high-risk foot HealthPathways)
  • Foot ulcer with infection and systemically unwell or febrile, invasive infection or rapidly spreading cellulitis (defined by peripheral redness around the wound >2cm), acute ischaemia, wet gangrene, acute or suspected Charcot – A
  • Thrombosed AVF (refer to vascular registrar on call or the renal access nurse)

Deadly Feet Program

Deadly Feet is a multi-disciplinary service providing early assessment, risk modification, and specialist intervention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of lower limb conditions associated with diabetes and/or peripheral vascular disease. Patients are reviewed by a vascular consultant, a specialist vascular sonographer, and a podiatrist within one 90 minute appointment in the Deadly Feet clinic at Redcliffe Hospital.

Deadly Feet offers relaxed referral criteria to support equitable access to health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Referrals can be made through GP Smart Referrals and no prior pathology or medical imaging are required. Alternatively referrals can be made by contacting the Deadly Feet project team by phone on 07 3647 1500 or at

Out of scope services

Not all services are funded in the Queensland public health system. The following are not routinely provided in a public Vascular service.

  • Asymptomatic / cosmetic varicose veins (unless within scope of your local health service)
  • Leg pain with tibial vessel occlusions in non-diabetic patients

Clinic details

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Level 7, Ned Hanlon Building

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Hotline: 1300 364 938

Medical Objects ID: MQ40290004P
HealthLink EDI: qldmnhhs

Metro North Central Patient Intake
Aspley Community Centre
776  Zillmere Road

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