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Basal thumb arthritis


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • No category 1 criteria
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)
    • Significant ADL or occupational limitation
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)
    • Associated with inflammatory arthropathy affecting other joints
    • Rapid deterioration in function
    • Not responding to maximal management

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

  • Describe functional assessment, (pinch grip, knob grip, key grip, pen grip)
  • XR results - AP and lateral hand and wrist -instruct patient to bring imaging films/results to clinic appointment

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • Management to date

4. Request

Last updated: 13 June 2023