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If any of the following are present or suspected, phone 000 to arrange immediate transfer to the emergency department or seek emergent medical advice if in a remote region.
To arrange a very urgent outpatient appointment, please phone the relevant hospital’s switchboard and ask to speak to the Registrar of the relevant specialty.
The following are not routinely provided in a public ENT service:
NB: General Practitioners are able to directly refer patients to a Queensland Health (QH) Audiologist. QH Audiologists are able to offer diagnostic hearing assessments which can result in a recommendation of hearing aids or an ENT opinion; however they do not fit hearing aids. Queensland public hospitals do not dispense conventional or standard hearing aids. Patients with mild, moderate or severe hearing loss, which is symmetrical, should be referred to a local hearing aid provider. Hearing aids are provided for children, veterans and pensioners through the Office of Hearing Services, a division of the Federal Department of Health, and are dispensed by local audiologists.
Metro South Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Due to high demand it is not possible to accept referrals from outside this catchment area. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary care or services that are not provided by their local Hospital and Health Service. If your patient lives outside the Metro South Health area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, inclusion of information regarding their particular medical and social factors will assist with the triaging of your referral.