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
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.