Appropriate wound management is vital in preventing infection and improving health outcomes. Chronic wounds are estimated to affect between 2 and 5% of Australians. Many wounds can be managed in the General Practice setting, including venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, pressure ulcers, skin tears, lacerations and surgical wounds.
What is involved in a dressing?
Management may include the cleaning and debridement of a wound, as well as any packing, repair or dressing required.
Who does it?
Dressings are done by the team of nurses in the treatment room, under the supervision of your doctor. If long term management is required, or you are unable to attend the clinic, we may recommend referral to Bolton Clarke (previously called Royal District Nursing Service) for home based wound care.
Will I see a doctor?
Yes. Dressing appointments are made with the nurses, but you will be seen by a doctor on each occasion.
What if I need further treatment?
If further treatment is required, or you wish to discuss any additional issues, an appointment with the doctor is also required.
How do I make an appointment?
An appointment for a dressing must be made over the phone through reception. Please note these appointments cannot be booked online because they are for the treatment room.
What are the costs involved?
Appointments for dressings cost $50 (regardless of whether you hold a concession or pension card) and you will receive a Medicare rebate. This fee includes the cost of the dressing.