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Pelvic mesh (referral to Queensland Pelvic Mesh Service (QPMS) ONLY)

ADULT

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.


  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Ruptured haemorrhagic ovarian cyst
  • Torsion of uterine appendages (ovarian)
  • Acute/severe pelvic pain
  • Significant or uncontrolled vaginal bleeding
  • Severe infection
  • Abscess intra pelvis or PID
  • Bartholin’s abscess / acute painful enlargement of a Bartholin’s gland/cyst
  • Acute trauma including vulva/vaginal lacerations, haematoma and/or penetrating injuries
  • Post-operative complications within 6 weeks including wound infection, wound breakdown, vaginal bleeding/discharge, retained products of conception post-op, abdominal pain
  • Urinary retention
  • Acute urinary obstruction
  • Unstable molar pregnancy
  • Inevitable and / or incomplete abortion
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum
  • Ascites, secondary to known underlying gynaecological oncology

 

  • Refer to local Healthpathways or local guidelines
  • Patients deemed unsuitable for the QPMS may be directed to alternative care pathways for management and support
  • If your patient does not meet all criteria and is experiencing a gynecological issue, please refer the patient to her local service for assessment.
  • If you would like to discuss QPMS further or require assistance with the referral process please phone 07 5619 0772 or email QPMSReferralsGCHHS@health.qld.gov.au

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Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • Vaginal bleeding related to mesh exposure
    • Offensive vaginal discharge
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)
    • Recurrent urinary tract infections or unexplained haematuria potentially related to mesh within the bladder
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)
    • Stable mesh related pelvic or vaginal pain
    • Asymptomatic mesh exposure
    • Dyspareunia

     

1. Reason for request Indicate on the referral

  • 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

2. Essential referral information Referral will be returned without this

  • Confirmation of type of mesh product and when it was inserted if at all possible* 
  • Pelvic mesh product inserted
  • Patient symptoms, onset and treatment to date
  • Quality of life affected by mesh related issues
  • FBC, LFTs, U&E’s
  • Urine microscopy, culture and sensitivity/susceptibility.

* In order to progress your patient’s referral through the service in a timely manner it is essential to try to obtain confirmation of type of mesh product and when it was inserted if at all possible. This should occur before communicating with the QPMS. Without this information being provided there may be a lengthy delay in your patient being seen in the service

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • Provide and other relevant history, clinical examination findings and treatment to date (if required)
  • Provide social factors and impact on patient
  • Provide Mental health history
  • What are the patient’s goals of care?
  • Imaging reports (if available)

4. Request

Patient's Demographic Details

  • 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

Referring Practitioner Details

  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Contact details – telephone, fax, email
  • Provider number
  • Date of referral
  • Signature

Relevant clinical information about the condition

  • 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

Reason for request

  • 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

Clinical modifiers

  • 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

Other relevant information

  • 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.)
  • Please note that where appropriate and where available, the referral may be streamed to an associated public allied health and/or nursing service.  Access to some specific services may include initial assessment and management by associated public allied health and/or nursing, which may either facilitate or negate the need to see the public medical specialist.

  • A change in patient circumstance (such as condition deteriorating, or becoming pregnant) may affect the urgency categorisation and should be communicated as soon as possible.

  • Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.