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General Surgery

Find assessment and management information on General Surgery conditions at:

Emergency Immediate transfer to the Emergency Department

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.

  • Suspected strangulated/incarcerated or obstruction of any hernia
  • Acute, severe abdominal pain with or without associated sepsis
  • New onset of obstructive jaundice
  • Acute painful perianal conditions
  • Acute cholecystitis
  • Gallstones with symptoms of chloangitis
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Severe per rectum bleeding
  • Acute painful perianal conditions with intractable pain
  • Perianal abscess
  • Acute abscess at any site
  • Bowel Perforation
  • Acute testicular pain

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For patients requiring:

Please note PAH manages all General Surgery conditions within subspecialty services consisting of Breast and Endocrine, Colorectal Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Upper GI Surgery.

Urgent referrals Arranging urgent review

To arrange a very urgent outpatient appointment, please phone the relevant hospital’s switchboard and ask to speak to the Registrar on call for the relevant specialty.

Out of scope services

The following are not routinely provided in a public General Surgery service.

  • Aesthetic or cosmetic surgery
  • Abdominal lipectomy
  • Breast reduction / augmentation
  • Appearance medicine
  • Vasectomy
  • Reversal of vasectomy


  • Please note that where appropriate and where available, the referral may be streamed to an associated public allied health and/or nursing service.  Access to some specific services may include initial assessment and management by associated public allied health and/or nursing, which may either facilitate or negate the need to see the public medical specialist.
  • A change in patient circumstance (such as condition deteriorating, or becoming pregnant) may affect the urgency categorisation and should be communicated as soon as possible.
  • Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.

Out of catchment

Metro South Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. 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.

Last updated 18 December 2023