Useful Management Information

  • Children > 1 year of age who have had a single uncomplicated UTI, not requiring hospitalisation do not require specialist review
  • If you have a reason to suspect a child in Queensland is experiencing harm, or is at risk of experiencing harm, you need to contact Child Safety Services
  • Blood pressure levels for boys and girls by age and height percentile resource
  • Micturating cystourethrograms are uncommonly required and should not be done routinely with referrals to general paediatrics.

Minimum Referral Criteria

Does your patient meet the minimum referral criteria?
Category 1 (appointment within 30 calendar days)
  • The following conditions could be referred to general paediatrics or paediatric surgery depending on the service and underlying condition:
    • Infants ≤ 6 months presenting with 1st UTI
    • Child with known renal tract abnormalities
    • Significant neonatal renal pelvic dilatation (>15mm or >10mm if bilateral)
Category 2 (appointment within 90 calendar days)
  • Recurrent UTI
  • Known renal tract abnormality transferring from another specialist
  • Infants and children with history of acute pyelonephritis/upper urinary tract infection after acute hospital care who do not have significant structural anomalies.
Category 3 (appointment within 365 calendar days)
  • No category 3 criteria

If your patient does not meet the minimum referral criteria

  • Assessment and management information may be found on a range of conditions at HealthPathways
  • If the patient does not meet the criteria for referral but the referring practitioner believes the patient requires specialist review, a clinical override may be requested:
    • Please explain why (e.g. warning signs or symptoms, clinical modifiers, uncertain about diagnosis, etc.)
  • Please note that your referral may not be accepted or may be redirected to another service

Essential Referral Information

  • Evaluate adequacy of urinary stream
  • Results of MSU MCS (clean catch)
  • Results of renal tract USS

Additional Referral Information

Highly desirable information – may change triage category

  • Frequency of urinary tract infections and age of first onset
  • A reliable urine specimen is vital to confirm the diagnosis – urine bags must not be used (high false positive rate)
  • Urinalysis (dipstick)

Desirable information - will assist at consultation

  • History of constipation, fluid intake, poor hygiene
  • Other past medical history
  • Immunisation history
  • Developmental history
  • Medication history
  • Significant psychosocial risk factors (especially parents mental health, family violence, housing and financial stress, department of child safety involvement)
  • Height/weight/head circumference and growth charts with prior measurements if available
  • Other physical examination findings inclusive of CNS, birth marks or dysmorphology
  • Any relevant laboratory results or medical imaging reports
Last updated 25 October 2021

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Internal Referrals

Paediatric Medicine (E-Blueslips)


(07) 5687 4497


Paediatric Referral Centre
Gold Coast University Hospital
1 Hospital Boulevard
Southport QLD 4215


1300 744 284

Related HealthPathways

No directly related pathways found

Service Availability

Dr Susan Moloney


Gold Coast University Hospital

If you would like to send a named referral, please address it to the specialist listed above, who will allocate a suitably qualified specialist to see the patient. Alternatively, you can view a full list of our specialists.

Child Safety

If you have a reason to suspect a child in Queensland is experiencing harm, or is at risk of experiencing harm, contact Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Services . Please consider if mandatory reporting applies.

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