Wound Clinics

Assessment, management plans and review of people of all ages with chronic wounds

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

THS Southern and Northern Regions

People with a  wound failing to heal in eight weeks or not reduced in size by 25% in four weeks

Recurrence of a previously healed chronic wound

Exclusions:

  • Foot wounds on diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy will not be assessed or treated in these clinics. Refer to Podiatry Services
  • Patients with burns will not be assessed or treated in these clinics. Refer to Burns Services

THS North West Region

No specific outpatient service. Patients should be referred to General Surgery.

Emergency conditions

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

  • Spreading cellulitis with systemic signs
  • Rest pain in a person with a diabetic foot ulcer

Please refer to Department of Emergency Medicine

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 whom they are referred and are triaged according to the specific clinic guidelines.

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 Consultant/Registrar (or Clinic Nurse Monday and Thursday only) to organise urgent review 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

Australian and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers Flowchart

Australian Wound Management Association Flowchart for Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury

Australian Wound Management Association patient information brochures:

Eastern Shore Leg Club