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Plastic Surgery - public patients 

Purpose

This page contains information for general practitioners on how to refer patients aged 16 years and over to Plastic Surgery services at Mater Hospital Brisbane.

This service includes referrals for:

  • Skin Cancers – we are accepting referrals for Minor Skin Lesions
  • Breast surgery, including reconstruction, breast reduction (with significant physical symptoms) and congenital abnormalities of the breast
  • Hand surgery
  • General reconstructive surgery

This service does not have the capacity to accept referrals for:

  • Breast augmentation, except for reconstruction
  • Breast reduction without significant physical symptoms
  • Abdominoplasty without a substantial apron or a significant separation of the rectus muscles (not for cosmetic purposes)
  • Facelifts

Please note, many major elective breast and abdominal procedures require a BMI of 30 or below for safe outcomes.

Referral Criteria

Please include all of the minimum referral requirements and:

For minor skin lesions: Typically accepted through Minor Skin Lesions.

For breast surgery: Weight, height, cup size, previous breast surgery, medications, known psychosocial considerations, results of any investigations already performed including histology or mammogram.

Breast cancer patients must be 6 months post chemotherapy and 12 months post radiotherapy. All patients for elective breast surgery must be non-smokers for at least 6 months. 

For hand surgery: Symptoms, results of investigations already performed, previous surgery for this condition.

For carpal tunnel syndrome: Nerve conduction studies.

For general reconstructive surgery: Age, weight, height, duration of symptoms, investigations, previous surgery for the conditions.

Mater Adult Referral Form

Referrals can be faxed to 07 3163 8548.

Referral Categorisation

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority

Examples only (not a complete list of referrals accepted). 

This should be used as a general guideline only – categorisation will be based on the individual referral.

PRIORITY SEMI-URGENT ROUTINE

- Immediate breast reconstruction in patient with cancer

- Melanomas

- Squamous cell cancer (biopsy proven)

- Basal cell cancer where tumour is impinging on vital structure (e.g. eyelid, nasal rim, etc.)

- Breast hypertrophy where patient is substantially disabled from work

- Changing mole

- Delayed breast reconstruction

- Abdominoplasty for abdominal wall reconstruction

- Removal of basal cell cancer in non-critical areas

Mater endeavours to see all priority patients within 30 days from GP referral

Mater endeavours to see all semi urgent patients within 3 months from GP referral Mater endeavours to see all routine referrals within 12 months from GP referral

 

Our Specialists

Dr Dan Kennedy Director of Plastic Surgery
Dr Scott Ingram Plastic Surgeon
Dr Shireen Senewiratne Plastic Surgeon
Dr Lily Vrtik Plastic Surgeon
Dr Alys Saylor Plastic Surgeon

 

Bulk Billed Clinics

Mater Health Services offers patients the opportunity to attend bulk billed clinics. To provide your patient with the opportunity to attend a bulk billed specialist clinic, please provide a named referral to one of our specialists listed above.

Contact Us

If you wish to discuss a referral with a medical officer from this specialty, please contact 07 3163 8111 and ask to speak with a plastic surgery registrar or medical officer. 

Alternatively, contact the Clinical Nurse – Referral and Appointment Management Service on 07 3163 6866.

Content reviewed 23/12/15

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