Direct to an appropriate emergency department for an ENT assessment:

  • Acute nasal fracture with septal haematoma.
  • A new injury where the nose is bent, there is a compound fracture or epistaxis that fails to settle.

Please refer within a week of the injury and indicate the date and mechanism of the injury.

Criteria for referral to public hospital specialist clinic services

Not applicable.

Information to be included in the referral

Information that must be provided

Not applicable.

Provide if available

Not applicable.

Additional comments

The Summary and referral information lists the information that should be included in a referral request.

As patients with an acute nasal fracture should be referred to an appropriate emergency department for ENT assessment, public hospital specialist clinics should not receive any referrals for this presenting problem.

Where appropriate and available the referral may be directed to an alternative specialist clinic or service.

Referral to a public hospital is not appropriate for

The nose is not bent, or there is no new deformity, or there is no obstruction.