Orthopaedic Surgery

Assessment and management of all adult and paediatric orthopaedic conditions.

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

Fractures that have had initial first aid treatment (GP or ED) are seen in the Orthopaedic Clinic as urgent referrals.  For urgent or unstable fractures that may require operative intervention phone the Orthopaedic Registrar on duty to discuss the case and also fax a referral to clinic.

Back pain please consider Neurosurgery Clinic or Spinal Assessment Clinic (south only).

Emergency conditions

Emergency conditions/symptoms include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Septic arthritis
  • Unstable fractures

Referral process

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Specific requirements are detailed in the individual clinic and condition referral guidelines.

Referrals are registered by the clinic to who they are referred and are triaged according to the specific clinic guidelines.

Emergency

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED
– Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED
– Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6426 5115
NWRH ED
– Phone: (03) 6493 6000  Fax: (03) 6430 6691
RHH ED
– Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6222 8919

Urgent / category 1

Urgent referrals (including fractures) should be accompanied by a phone call to the Registrar to organise urgent review in clinic and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent / category 2

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine / category 3

Next available appointment

Referral template

For use by health professionals only

Additional information

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS): Osteoarthritis

RACGP Referral for Joint Replacement: A management guide for health providers