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Maxillofacial – public patients

Purpose

This page contains information for general practitioners on how to refer patients aged 16 years and over to Maxillofacial services at Mater Hospital Brisbane

Service Availability 

The Maxillofacial Surgery service

Please note that this clinic does not accept referrals for skin cancers – please send skin cancer referrals to the Dermatology Service.

How to Refer 

If referral for care is indicated please list all of the General Referral Information and reason for request, and essential information as indicated below.

To refer, please fill in the Mater Adult Referral Form, available to download and embed into most major Practice Management software applications.

Referrals can be sent by:

Secure messaging  Medical Objects:   HM4101000R8
  HealthLink EDI:    materref   
Fax    07 3163 8548

 

 

 

 

Emergency

If any of the following are present or suspected, phone 000 to arrange immediate transfer to the emergency department or seek emergency medical advice if in a remote region:

 

View list of conditions:

  • facial fracture requiring urgent assessment 

 

Scope of Service

Conditions in scope

Dento-Alveolar Pathology

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  •  Plain x-ray OPG +/- CT or MRI if appropriate
  • Aspirate / Biopsy results if available

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • No additional information

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

Category is applied based on pathology results and severity of symptoms

Category is applied based on pathology results and severity of symptoms

Category is applied based on pathology results and severity of symptoms

 

Facial Deformities

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • No additional information

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • No additional information

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

No category 1 criteria 

Facial deformities 

No category 3 criteria

 

Facial Fractures

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

  • General referral information
  • History and examination findings (including eye and neurosensory)
  • Facial XR results
  • CT face results (axial and coronal) after discussion

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • OPG result if mandible involved

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • Assess for head/spinal injuries
  • Contact ophthalmology or neurosurgery as necessary
  • All acute facial fractures that don’t need to go straight to emergency are category 1 and should ideally be assessed in a 3 to 7 day timeframe

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

Appointment required within 7 days

  • All facial fractures

 

No category 2 criteria

No category 3 criteria

 

 

Soft Tissue Lesion of Oral Cavity

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • Aspirate / Biopsy results if available 
  • Sialogram / Ultrasound / CT for salivary cancer if appropriate

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • No additional information

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

Lesion suspicious / proven for malignancy 

 

Non malignant lesion

No category 3 criteria

 

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Additional referral information (useful for processing the referral)

  • Plain x-ray OPG +/- CT or MRI if appropriate

Other useful information for management (not an exhaustive list)

  • Consider referral to a dentist or dental physiotherapist 

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

No category 1 criteria

 

Category is applied based on pathology results and severity of symptoms

Category is applied based on pathology results and severity of symptoms

 

Other Maxillofacial Condition

Essential information (Referral will be declined without this)

Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority. A process of categorisation ensures safety and equity of access.

Category 1 – urgent

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 30 days

Category 2 - Priority

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 90 days

Category 3 - Routine

Clinically recommended timeframe for initial appointment is 365 days

 

 

Our Specialists 

 

Dr Benjamin Erzetic

Faciomaxillary Surgeon

 

Bulk Billed Clinics 

Mater Health offers patients the opportunity to attend bulk billed clinics. To provide your patient with the opportunity to attend a bulk billed clinic, please provide a named referral to one of the specialists listed above.

Contact Us 

If you would like to discuss a referral, including clinical criteria, or update the status of a current patient please contact our priority GP phone line on 07 3163 2200 

Current Waiting Time for Appointments 

We provide up to date data on how long patients are waiting for their first appointment by specialty here (hyperlink).

Referral Guideline Development

These Mater Referral Guidelines have been developed locally by GPs and specialists to support safe and quality referral to publicly funded specialist outpatient services.

 

Content last reviewed: 15 February 2018

 

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