What is the Primary Care Fracture Clinic?
Many simple fractures and soft-tissue injuries are suitable for management in primary care and do not require specialist orthopaedic management in the public hospital fracture clinic.
However, not every GP may be comfortable managing these conditions themselves. If this is the case, GPs may refer directly to one of the Primary Care Fracture and Soft Tissue Injury Services, available at several locations on the Sunshine Coast.
The service is bulk-billed and includes plaster or fibreglass casts, crutches, and braces/splints (e.g. moon-boots) if required.
Patients with suitable simple injuries who are seen in the Emergency Department or who are referred to Orthopaedic Fracture Clinic may also be offered this choice for their fracture or soft-tissue injury management. This is a ‘public-private partnership’ endorsed by the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and the Orthopaedics Department.
How to refer
Open the HealthPathways ‘Fracture Clinic Assessment’ page and follow the instructions.
GPs may contact the GP Liaison Unit for questions or more information.