Fracture clinic at Hurstville Private Hospital doesn't cost an arm and a leg

Fracture help: Hurstville Private Hospital's senior physiotherapist Michelle Kelly and sport and exercise physician Dr Michael Jamieson. Picture: John Veage
Fracture help: Hurstville Private Hospital's senior physiotherapist Michelle Kelly and sport and exercise physician Dr Michael Jamieson. Picture: John Veage

A fracture clinic operating out of Hurstville Private Hospital is helping reduce the load on the public hospital system.

The clinic opened last July but has stepped up its service in the past two months to keep people out of the public hospital system during the coronavirus pandemic.

The clinic offers an all-inclusive service for people with potential fractures to remove delays associated with public hospitals.

A flat fee service of $90 includes an X-ray, initial assessment and any materials needed, including a cast boot, slings and crutches.

Patients can be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon for further treatment if required.

"We are assisting the local public hospitals with their fracture patients to help ease the pressures ... [on] emergency departments," said Hurstville Private Hospital chief executive Lloyd Adams.

Sport and exercise physician and clinical director, Dr Michael Jamieson, said the clinic expedited patient treatment.

"For people with potential fractures, having an X-ray is the first step. Our fracture clinic allows GPs to send patients with a suspected break for an immediate assessment, appropriate triaging and specialist review," he said.

"Patients don't need to wait at a busy public hospital emergency department, then wait in a queue for an X-ray and then attend a follow-up fracture clinic appointment with a specialist, which can take up to two weeks.

"On arrival at the fracture clinic, one of our physiotherapists will assess the injury and call for an X-ray.

"The clinic's sport and exercise physicians or orthopaedic surgeons will review the X-ray and carry out the necessary next steps."

The fracture clinic operates 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday at Hurstville Private Hospital's orthopaedic consulting suites, level 2, suite 4, 37 Gloucester Road, Hurstville.