Telemedicine & Telehealth

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We believe that telemedicine and telehealth can be an extremely valuable tool for doctors and patients. There are times when telemedicine cannot substitute for a face-to-face consultation, but equally there are some times when telemedicine can prevent you from having to travel for hours to see a specialist. Would you like to connect with us via telemedicine? Ask us how.

TeleHealth Consultations: FAQ

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What is a surgical video consultation?

A consultation conducted by video conference between you and your surgeon at a distant location.

What are the advantages of surgical video consultations?

Every patient’s situation is different but in general the benefits of this service are:

•    better access to specialist hand surgery care
•    reduced waiting time to see your specialist hand surgeon
•    reduced travel time and costs
•    reduced absence from work.

How can I have a video consultation with my surgeon?

To have a video consultation with your surgeon, you must be referred by your GP and the doctors must consider it safe and suitable for you.

Why do I need to be referred by my GP?

You need to be referred by your GP to be eligible for a Medicare benefit.

Do I have to participate in a video consultation?

No - it is only for patients who wish to have a video consultation, and for those patients whose GP and surgeon consider it appropriate to have a video consultation.

Where are the video consultations provided?

Video consultations are generally arranged at your GP's practice.

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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.