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Chest pain


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • Recurrent chest pain without haemodynamic compromise or history of cardiac disease should be seen in General Paediatrics.
    • A child currently in out of home care (OOHC) or at risk of entering or leaving OOHC, where they have previously been on a waiting list for this problem and were removed without receiving a service.
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)
    • Chest pain – other, refer to General Paediatrics

  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)
    • No Category 3 criteria

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

  • Medical history including gestational history
  • Details of any known cardiac conditions
  • Details of relevant signs and symptoms
  • Details of any treatments offered and efficacy
  • ECG
  • Confirmation of OOHC (where appropriate)

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • Investigations (if available) including CXR, cardiac imaging and/or echocardiogram

4. Request

Last updated: 22 June 2023