When injury occurs after hours and on the weekends then where do you go?
The parents’ guide to childhood injuries
Scratches, scrapes and sprains –
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.
INJURIES WE TREAT:
•Sprained or broken ankle
•Sprained or broken wrist
•Sprained or broken finger
•Facial injuries such as nose and dental trauma
•Cuts and lacerations
If you have a Fracture, getting an x-ray is the first step. We provide on-site x-ray and treatment at your walk-in appointment.
X-ray yours effective 1st November 2018 – 30th April 2019
Mon, Tue, Fri: 8:30am – 5pm
Wed, Thur: 8:30am – 6pm
Sat 10am – 3pm
Sun 10am – 12pm
X-RAY AND TREATMENT OPEN: Time changes below from 30th April 2019
OUR X-RAY EXTENDED OPENING TIMES WILL RETURN DURING THE SPORTS SEASON APRIL – AUG:
8.30AM – 5PM MONDAY & FRIDAY
8:30AM – 7PM TUESDAY – THURSDAY
10AM – 4PM SATURDAY
10AM – 2PM SUNDAY
ALL X-RAYS WILL BE BULK BILLED DURING THE BELOW TIMES
8.30am – 5pm Monday – Friday
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.
Changes to x-ray fees from Tuesday 30th April are as follows:
Weekdays between 8.30am – 5pm x-rays will be Bulk Billed.
From 5pm-7pm – x-rays will be $60 plus the item number fee ( the item number fee is roughly around $40 and is claimable through Medicare)
Saturdays and Sundays x-rays will be $60 plus the item number fee ( the item number fee is roughly around $40 and is claimable through Medicare)
DO YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAVE A CUT OR SUSPECTED BROKEN BONE?
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