The big question that parents ask when their child has an injury or a possible broken bone is “Do I need to go to the Emergency Department and wait 4 to 6 hours for what may be a minor injury or can I go to the local Sports and Injury Clinic at Castle Hill Medical Centre?”
Dr Ron Tomlins has been a GP for almost 40 years with half that time in The Hills and we asked him this very question.
“I have seen people with a great variety of injuries including bruises, abrasions, lacerations, burns, bites, sprains and fractures. At Castle Hill Medical Centre, we see many people each week with injuries resulting from sport or accidents around the house, at work or at school”, said Dr Tomlins.
“I hear of many instances where parents take their children to the Emergency Department when they could be treated on-site in our Sports and Injury Clinic without the long waiting times or high cost.
WHY COME SEE CASTLE MEDICAL CENTRE OVER A HOSPITAL?
“The injuries we commonly see are:
• Cuts and lacerations when children run into furniture
• Cuts from kitchen knives, broken glass, shredders and secateurs
• Foreign bodies in the eye, ear or nose
• Abrasions, bruises or skin tears from falls
• Bites or scratches from dogs and cats
• Burns or scalds
• Sprained ankles and wrists, shoulders and knees from sport
• Back pain and muscle strains
• Fractures and dislocations of the finger, wrist, leg, nose, collar bone or ribs from falls
• Injuries to ligaments, tendons and nerves
• Head injuries with concussion or loss of consciousness
“In most cases, these injuries can be treated on-site by our doctors and trained nurses.
“Adhesive strips, glue or sutures can be used to repair cuts or lacerations, depending on the size, shape and position of the wound. Relief from pain will be provided if necessary.
“If an X-ray is required to clarify a diagnosis, it will be performed in the practice then and there, day or night, saving time and money. If necessary, a boot or a cast can be applied in the centre.
“For injuries requiring emergency specialist care, we have access to specialists who will provide on call advice and can expedite access to surgical treatment if needed. We will also organise ambulance transport to hospital when required.”
If you have an injury, what should you do? Dr Tomlins says “Remember the following First Aid tips:
• Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the injury has occurred
• If there is bleeding, firm pressure with a pad or a clean handkerchief is helpful to control the bleeding
• For injuries to joints, abrasions, bruises, burns or scalds, an ice pack will help to reduce the swelling and pain
• Above all, do not panic
If you suspect a neck or spinal injury, ring an ambulance immediately.”
WE TREAT MINOR FRACTURES AND WOUNDS
When injuries happen at sport, home or work, get immediate care by our Doctors and save the emergency department for emergencies.
We can provide initial assessment and management of:
•Sprained or broken ankle
•Sprained or broken wrist, hand and fingers
•Knee trauma such as suspected meniscal or ACL injuries
•Shoulder and collar bone injuries
•Simple nose and dental trauma (onsite initial assessment only)
•Cuts and lacerations
A vast majority of injuries can be managed onsite and our on-call surgeons can provide phone advice when required.
If you suspect a , getting an x-ray is the first step. We provide on-site x-ray and treatment at your walk-in appointment.
8.30AM – 5PM MONDAY, TUESDAY & FRIDAY
8.30AM – 6PM WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY
10AM – 4PM SATURDAY
10AM – 1PM SUNDAY
We charge a fee for this service which is outlined below, pending time and day. This fee is only an approximation as price varies depending on the severity of the injury.
During business hours – $79 due at time of consultation PLUS materials used to treat the injury.
$42 – OUT OF POCKET AMOUNT DURING BUSINESS HOURS after medicare rebate.
AFTER HOURS ( AFTER 5PM WEEKDAYS AND ALL DAY SAT AND SUN)
Approx. $200 due at time of consultation PLUS materials used to treat the injury.
$106 – OUT OF POCKET AMOUNT after medicare rebate
DO YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAVE A CUT OR SUSPECTED BROKEN BONE?
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