About this website

Written by Dr Jill Tomlinson on .

computer mouse keyboard stethoscopeDo you know studies show that 50% of patients walk out of a doctor's office not knowing what they were told or what they should do? Ninety percent (yes, 90%) of adult patients have difficulty following routine medical advice. Orca Health has a great infographic that shows how important communication is between a doctor and patient.

My dad used to tell me that no matter how specialised or senior someone is they should always be able to explain their work to the cleaner (a version of a quotation from New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford). It always made good sense to me, and probably explains why I try hard to give my patients explanations in language that they can understand and to answer all their questions. Few people enjoy uncertainty, particularly when it comes to their health.

enquiringwomandecolletagefaceI encourage my patients to make lists before their consultation, so that we can go through them (lists of your medications, questions, problems - anything that you think is important and that you might forget to ask or tell). I've created this website as a resource so that you can read more about your condition and treatment before or after your surgical consultation. I hope it helps you find the answers to your questions - and if you still have questions after reading it, please make a list and make an appointment to discuss them with your GP or with me.

If you read something on this website that you think is incorrect (or if you find a broken link, or an error) please let me know so I can correct it. And please also feel free to let me know your questions - while I can't answer individual patient enquiries via email I can develop new website content that may address your concerns and queries.

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Website Disclaimer

This website is authored by Dr Jillian Tomlinson, a fully qualified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon who practices in Melbourne, Australia. This website aims to inform patients and health professionals about hand surgery, illness prevention and the practice philosophy of Dr Jill Tomlinson. This website's content is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own doctor. The information is not intended to replace the advice of a health professional. This website does not host or receive funding from advertising or from the display of commercial content.