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Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • Total cholesterol > 10 mmol/l and triglyceride < 10 mmol/l in patient having had cardiovascular event in the preceding 3 months
    • Total triglyceride > 20mmol/l in patient having had episode of pancreatitis in the previous 3 months
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)

    The following conditions not responsive to maximal tolerated therapy or statin intolerance

    • Hypercholesterolaemia
    • Hypertriglyceridaemia
    • Dyslipidaemia
    • Statin intolerance
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)
    • No category 3 crietria

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

  • Cholesterol/ triglyceride/ HDL-cholesterol/ LDL-cholesterol
  • TSH, ELFT, CK, HbA1c

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • History of medications used to treat the lipid disorder
  • History of cardiovascular disease
  • Any imaging confirming presence of cardiovascular disease
  • Coronary artery calcium score

4. Request

Last updated: 13 June 2023