Caboolture Hospital is starting a new multidisciplinary Chronic Wound Clinic for local patients.
This is a trial service for six months with Caboolture Hospital Director of Surgery, Mr Brian Kirkby, starting in mid-February.
Caboolture Hospital Executive Director Dr Lance Le Ray said a recent review of surgical services had identified that access to care for people with chronic wounds could be enhanced.
“Chronic, non-healing wounds can have a major impact on a patient’s quality of life and we want to support these patients at Caboolture Hospital,” Dr Le Ray said.
Dr Le Ray said patients would require a referral from their GP to the Caboolture General Surgery Service which identified the patient was for the chronic wound service.
“Referrals will be accepted for patients who have a chronic, non-healing wound of more than six months and which is not responding to current treatment, such as a lower limb ulcer,” Dr Le Ray said.
“Referrals will undergo a triage process by a multidisciplinary team so referrals should include all relevant history and treatments tried so far.”
The new clinic is not available to patients who:
• reside outside the local area
• are patients with acute wound care needs
• are patients not agreeable or compliant with their wound management plan
• are patients whose GP or health care provider/s are not able to be primary care giver/s or follow the wound management plan of care, which will be provided after the patient's appointment.
Essential information to be included in the referral to the new clinic is available at www.bit.ly/woundref
For more information, contact the Caboolture Hospital Clinical Care Coordinator. Phone 5433 8955.