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Allergic rhinitis/nasal congestion/obstruction


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • Nasal obstruction (polyps) and any of the following:
      • unilateral
      • offensive or bloody discharge
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)
    • No category 2 criteria
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)
    • Nasal obstruction (polyps) and any of the following:
      • bilateral
      • persisting polyps despite preliminary course of oral steroids with at least 8 weeks of inhaled corticosteroid
    • Allergic rhinitis
      • failed/not responding to maximal medical management
    • Nasal obstruction and any of the following:
      • post trauma
      • deviated nasal septum
      • concha bullosa where surgical management is indicated

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

  • Details of previous treatment (including systemic and topical medications prescribed) including the course and outcome of the treatment

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • CT scan paranasal sinuses results
  • Skin prick/RAST/IgE results (allergic rhinitis)

4. Request

Last updated: 13 June 2023