Hand surgery specialty begins

Hand surgeon with occupational therapist, nurse and physiotherapist
Hand Service Lead Orthopaedic Surgeon Paul Jarrett with Occupational Therapist Jude Feldman, Clinical Nurse Co-ordinator Nicola Mawson and Physiotherapist Lauren Ford.
April 13, 2015

Fremantle Hospital is now the leading specialist provider of hand surgery and treatment within the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS).

Opened on April 13, the Hand Service is a key area of care that Fremantle Hospital is providing in its capacity as a 300-bed specialist service.

The comprehensive service is structured to enable emergency departments at Armadale Health Service, Royal Perth Hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital and Rockingham General Hospital to refer outpatients with hand and finger injuries to Fremantle for surgery and treatment.

This means patients within the SMHS catchment area, not just those living near Fremantle Hospital, are able to access the specialist team and services provided at Fremantle. General practitioners can also make referrals.

Hand Service Lead Orthopaedic Surgeon Paul Jarrett said patients would benefit from the concentrated service, with care provided by orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

“The specialist team will provide holistic care for patients in a timely manner,” Mr Jarrett said.

“Patients will also benefit from research done by the team at Fremantle Hospital.”

The configuration of the service and its links to other hospitals will allow patients to have surgery on the day of their first consultation at Fremantle Hospital if necessary.

Typical injuries that will be treated by the Hand Service includes tendon injuries, nerve damage, fractures, lacerations and finger amputations that don’t require reattachment.

Hand Service patients needing surgery will also take advantage of the new Day Admissions Centre which, once opened in June, will be used to admit and discharge all patients at Fremantle Hospital requiring surgery or a procedure.