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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.

Potentially life threatening symptoms suggestive of:

  • Acute severe GI bleeding
  • Acute liver failure
  • Sepsis in a patient with cirrhosis
  • Severe encephalopathy in a patient with liver disease

Are you referring to the right service?

Metro South does not offer a Paediatric Hepatology service, please refer to the nearest Paediatric service (Queensland Children’s Hospital for patients residing in the Metro South catchment).

Urgent referrals Arranging urgent review

To arrange a very urgent review, please phone the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s switchboard on (07) 3176 2111 and ask to speak to the Hepatology Fellow/Registrar on-call.

For urgent drainage for ascites collection please contact the PAH Hepatology Fellow/Registrar on-call to discuss the case and arrange the appropriate management.

Out of scope services

No out of scope information at this time.


  • 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 28 November 2022