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Primary Care Liaison

Hypertension - pre-referral guideline


    Initial work-up

    • U&E, Ca
    • Creatinine 
    • FBE

    When to refer

    • BP>95th percentile for age and height
    • Symptomatic hypertension such as headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, neurological changes, seizures, CCF or blurred vision.
    • Hypertension with haematuria or proteinuria.
    • Hypertension with extra renal manifestations such as joint pain, rash, joint swelling, haemoptysis, dyspnoea, cough or oedema.

    Information needed

    • Copy of blood reports
    • Renal ultrasound if available
    • Echocardiogram
    • Documentation of blood pressure
    Referral form Download (Word)     
    Parent handout Download (pdf)



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    Clinical advice


    Switchboard - ask for Nephrology specialist
    consultant or registrar on-call:

    (03) 9345 5522

    RCH Emergency Department:

    (03) 9345 6477


    Booking enquiries 
    appointment rescheduling
    (03) 9345 5054 
    Rural doctors only (03) 9345 5072 

    Admission enquiries

    General admission enquiries: (03) 9345 6172

    ED admission enquiries:

    (03) 9345 6477

    After hours / Switchboard:

    (03) 9345 5522


    Seriously unwell child: (03) 9345 7007

    RCH Drug info-line:

    (03) 9345 5208


    Paediatric Handbook (2009) Renal conditions and enuresis, Chapter 32 (pp546-566); Colin Jones and Annie Moulden; Eighth Edition, Blackwell Publishing. By the staff of the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

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