Melbourne Hand Surgery 

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Latest news: Masks are and will remain mandatory when you attend our practice in person, and we request that you log your attendance via our Victorian Government QR code, by entering location code 3D7RE3 into the Services Victoria App or by writing your details on the physical register at our reception.

In accordance with the current COVID peak (black) status consultations are now being conducted via videoconference, with in person consultations by exception. All individuals undergoing elective surgery are required to obtain a negative COVID test within 72 hours of their scheduled surgery and must self-isolate from the time of their test until their hospital admission.  Dr Tomlinson is operating at The Avenue and Glenferrie Private; Epworth Cliveden has closed. We are currently experiencing critical administrative staff shortages and we are changing our service delivery models to manage this. Our offices are currently closed on Friday.

Videoconsultations are conducted via telehealth at our dedicated virtual clinic to maximise patient and staff safety. For in person consultations we have enhanced hygiene measures in our rooms including acrylic screens, masks, hand sanitiser, face shields and physical distancing-related changes. We require that all patients provide a referral prior to booking an appointment so that we can identify and manage urgent and emergency conditions in a timely manner, and so that our surgeons can assess your suitability for a telehealth appointment and identify any further information or tests that might be required before your consultation.      If you are eligible to get vaccinated, please do so. 

Patient care philosophy

two hands clasping handI became a doctor to help people. I believe that people have the right to be heard, the right to choose, and the right to participate in decisions about their health and wellbeing.

Hands are very important to function. I understand that it is not easy to live with pain, to live with a hand that has to be immobilised in a splint or cast, to be unable to perform basic daily tasks or for you or your family to have to take time off work (or study) for medical appointments and treatment. I understand that it is important for your hands to be able to do what you need them to do.

happyfamilyoutstretchedarmsI believe that a surgeon’s role includes that of educating patients, so that they can be informed about their condition and able to play an active role in their treatment and recovery. I believe that a surgeon should communicate with her patients in plain language, and that no matter how technical something is a surgeon should be able to explain it in language that can be understood by an interested person. I believe that patients who do not speak English as a first language have a right to thorough explanations that are provided in a language or manner that they can understand.

many hands thumbs upI believe that a surgeon's role is to treat every patient with the same care and attention to detail that she would take with her own family members or friends. I believe that a smile goes a long way. I believe that not everything is perfect or can be made perfect, but that we should always strive to find ways to improve.

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