Plastics

Assessment and management of injuries, contractures, congenital deformities, lesions and hand injuries/conditions. Hand physiotherapists are available at this clinic.

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

THS Southern and Northern Regions

Plastics clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic for assessment and management of a variety of skin and hand conditions and injuries, and also contractures and congenital deformities.

It does not provide routine skin checks or tattoo removal.

All skin lesions other than (suspected) melanoma should be biopsied prior to referral.

Burns and burn scar management to be referred to Burns

Procedure not routinely performed.

Please refer to the following Department of Health and Human Services documents:


THS North West Region

Refer to General Surgery unless is specialist area such as cleft lip/palate or burns.

Emergency conditions

Patients requiring immediate surgical intervention should be referred to the Emergency Department or discussed with the Plastics Registrar.

Referral process

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

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

Refer suspected Melanoma without delay. Please include details of site and size of lesion.

Clinic Appointments - Appointments are based on clinical priority:

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 should be accompanied by a phone call to the Plastics Registrar to organise urgent assessment 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