Patients will be assessed by either a Neurosurgeon or by a specialised musculoskeletal physiotherapist or in the BAMS service in conjunction with Neurosurgery Consultants based on stringent guidelines and protocols.
For patients without neurological disturbance there is an expectation that conservative treatment/management has been trialled such as:
• Weight loss
• Anti-inflammatory medication
Chronic back or neck pain without nerve root pain or neurological disturbance
Minimum investigation/clinical information required for triage
Referrals for the Neurosurgical Clinic must include a completed Back and Neck Questionnaire.
This form is available in medical software compatible versions.
Please note referrals that do not contain the Back and Neck questionnaire will be returned with a request for more information.
Please refer to Melbourne HealthPathways at http://melbourne.healthpathways.org.au for guidance in assessing, managing and referring for patient conditions.
Western Health Referral Template
Adult Specialist Clinics
Ph 8345 6490
Fax 8345 6856
Outpatient Neurosurgical Registrar via switchboard ph 8345 6666
Neurosurgical & Physio-Led Neurosurgical Clinic
Back Pain Assessment and Management Service (BAMS)
107-139 Churchill Ave