Tuberculosis and non TB mycobacterial infections

Red flags

Consider immediate referral for patients with the following in conjunction with a possible diagnosis of tuberculosis:

  • Respiratory distress
  • Moderate haemoptysis
  • Pleural effusion
  • Consolidation
  • Fever
  • Cachexia
  • Evidence of miliary TB or cavitation on CXR
  • Any patient with suspected TB who has young children

All new cases of pulmonary TB will be seen urgently in view of the infectious risk to the community. They will be commenced on anti TB chemotherapy and followed up in specialist clinics.

Referral requirements

A referral may be rejected without the following information.

  • Reason for referral
  • Symptoms
    • Duration
    • Severity
  • Relevant examination findings
    • Consolidation
    • Pleural effusion
    • Lymphadenopathy
  • Other relevant medical conditions
  • Medications
    • Include full medication list and allergies
  • Smoking and occupational history if relevant
  • FH or possible infectious source
  • Investigations
    • FBC, E/LFT, ESR
    • MSU
    • CXR/CT and any other relevant imaging
    • Sputum culture results

Out of catchment

Metro North Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary care or services that are not provided by their local Hospital and Health Service. If your patient lives outside the Metro North Health area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, inclusion of information regarding their particular medical and social factors will assist with the triaging of your referral.

  • Impact on employment
  • Impact on education
  • Impact on home
  • Impact on activities of daily living
  • Impact on ability to care for others
  • Impact on personal frailty or safety
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can’t order, or the patient can’t afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary
  • Presenting symptoms (evolution and duration)
  • Physical findings
  • Details of previous treatment (including systemic and topical medications prescribed) including the course and outcome of the treatment
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Details of any associated medical conditions which may affect the condition or its treatment (e.g. diabetes), noting these must be stable and controlled prior to referral
  • Current medications and dosages
  • Drug allergies
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use
  • Full name (including aliases)
  • Date of birth
  • Residential and postal address
  • Telephone contact number/s – home, mobile and alternative
  • Medicare number (where eligible)
  • Name of the parent or caregiver (if appropriate)
  • Preferred language and interpreter requirements
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Contact details – telephone, fax, email
  • Provider number
  • Date of referral
  • Signature
  • Willingness to have surgery (where surgery is a likely intervention)
  • Choice to be treated as a public or private patient
  • Compensable status (e.g. DVA, Work Cover, Motor Vehicle Insurance, etc.)
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