Cairns Hospital (CH) provides physiotherapy services to inpatients and outpatients Monday – Friday with hours of operation 800-1630 daily. A rostered weekend service operates for acute inpatients only and an on call service runs on public holidays and evenings/overnight.
Inpatients: Referrals can be made directly to the ward/clinic Physiotherapist or alternately by Patient Flow Manager or alternatively by phoning the Physiotherapist.
Outpatients: Referrals for outpatient physiotherapy may be received from:
- Physiotherapists working within the acute hospital setting at CH
- Medical/nursing/other allied health staff within CH
- General Practitioners
- OPSC - via referrals from the Orthopaedic Specialist.
Please be aware that the physiotherapy department is a busy at times and a waiting list does exist. All eligible referrals are prioritised via a triage process, and patients will be contacted with an available appointment time by phone.
Amputee Clinic: Referrals are received from within the hospital and from family or community services. Amputee clinic is held twice a monthly, and appointments can be made by calling the Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant on 4226 6123. The clinic is conducted in the rehabilitation gym.
Orthotic Clinic: Referrals must be received from a medical specialist and should be sent to the physiotherapy department. The clinic is held off site at the orthotic providers premises in Cairns.
Surgical Footwear Clinic: Referral must be from a specialist and should be sent to the physiotherapy department. The clinic is held monthly in the rehabilitation gym.