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Orthopaedic Trauma Clinic fact sheet

Orthopaedic Trauma Clinic

The Queensland Children’s Hospital orthopaedic trauma clinic cares for children from birth to 16 years of age with a range of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. The clinic is held every weekday.

Note: If your child has any pain or swelling that is not resolved with elevation or pain relief prior to your scheduled appointment, please return to your GP or nearest emergency department.

Location

The clinic is held in the orthopaedic outpatients clinic rooms (1b) on Level 1 of hospital.

What to bring

  • your Medicare card
  • Health Care Card
  • X-rays or CD of films (if they were done elsewhere)
  • Snacks and drinks

Your appointment

Once the hospital receives your referral, it will be forwarded to the Orthopaedic Trauma Clinic. You will then be contacted within five working days and your appointment made within the next 10-14 days. If you have not received a phone call or text within this time please contact us on 1300 762 831 or CHQ_1bOrthoOPD@health.qld.gov.au

The clinics are teaching clinics for orthopaedic trainees who are supervised by specialist paediatric orthopaedic consultants.

Duration

Please note some children may require an X-ray prior to being seen by the doctor. Other patients may require further tests or treatment e.g. X-rays, plaster, physiotherapy or occupational therapy. For these reasons we suggest you allow at least two to three hours for your scheduled appointment.

Check in

If you have swiped your Medicare card at the automatic Kiosk, it is still essential that you check-in at the 1b Outpatient front desk. Here all your current details will be confirmed.

Please arrive at the clinic approximately 20 minutes before your appointment time. If you arrive earlier, there is no guarantee you will be seen earlier.

Once this process is complete, our administration staff will prepare your child’s chart for the clinic.

Check out

After your consultation, please check-out at the 1b Outpatient front desk. If your child requires another appointment, clinic staff will give you a form to present to the front desk so your next appointment can be booked. You may be required to sign a Medicare billing form.

Appointments up to two weeks are made immediately. For all other appointments, an appointment letter will be posted closer to required time.

Frequently asked questions

What if I can’t make my appointment?

If you are unable to make your appointment for any reason, please contact us on 1300 762 831 or at CHQ_1bOrthoOPD@health.qld.gov.au This will ensure that another child on the waiting list can be offered an appointment.

What if I am running late?

Please contact us on 1300 762 831 so that clinic staff can be informed that you are on the way.

Do I need to bring my Medicare Card?

Yes, if you do not bring your Medicare Card, you may be required to pay for your visit. The amount is listed on your appointment letter.

Does the Queensland Children’s Hospital supply waterproof casts?

No, the Orthopaedic fracture clinic does not supply waterproof casts.

Why are other children being seen before my child as we were here first?

Sometimes there are as many as 4 different orthopaedic speciality clinics running at the same time so you may notice that other patients are called in ahead of you. Each Orthopaedic speciality clinic has varying requirements and therefore varies in length of consultation times. All appointments are individualised and patients will be seen in order of their appointed times.

I have a long distance to get home

Please inform the clinic staff when you check-in if you have to catch pre-booked transport out of Brisbane at a particular time.

My last appointment took longer than I was told

While we always try to ensure that clinics run on time there may be some unavoidable delays.

How do I get a medical certificate?

For patients requiring medical certificates, please ask the doctor during your orthopaedic visit otherwise you will need to wait for the doctor to become available again.

Contact us

Orthopaedic Outpatients Department
Queensland Children’s Hospital
Level 1, 501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t: 1300 762 831 (appointment enquiries)
t: 07 3068 1111 (general enquiries)
e: chq_1borthoOPD@health.qld.gov.au

If you have concerns about a fracture or plaster, please call 3068 1381 (office hours) to speak to a registered nurse.

In an emergency, always call 000.

If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Developed by Orthopaedics Unit. Updated: October 2016. All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.

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