openforbusinessCoronavirus update: We are seeing patients via videoconsultation where it is clinically appropriate to do so to maximise the patient and staff safety. Enhanced hygiene meaures in our rooms include acrylic screens, masks, hand sanitiser, face shields and physical distancing-related changes. We are closed on Fridays. 

Nurse Beth continues to provide ear molding services face to face on Mondays and Tuesdays. Due to limited appointment availability we are only scheduling ear molding appointments for infants aged less than three months.

There are  currently restrictions on performing elective surgery in Victorian hospitals, as private hospitals are accommodating aged care residents as well as providing nursing staff for aged care residences. We are currently taking bookings for and scheduling emergency and category 1 surgeries at The Avenue and Epworth Freemasons. We are taking bookings for category 2 and 3 surgeries from 21 September, or as soon as the pandemic situation permits. Please note that all patients who are scheduled for elective surgery admission are required to undertake a COVID test and obtain a negative ("not infected") result prior to admission. 

Victorians are in this together and together we will get through this. Thank you for your understanding as our community works through these unprecedented times together (last updated: 10 August 2020).

ePatients welcome at Melbourne Hand Surgery

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At Melbourne Hand Surgery we respect and appreciate ePatients. We hope that our website resources and eCommunication help you to be equipped, enabled, empowered, engaged, equal, emancipated and expert. The resources on this website are provided as an adjunct to your treatment by Melbourne Hand Surgery, and we hope that you will find them useful in becoming equipped to manage your symptoms, enabled to make choices about your hand condition and engaged in your own care.

The best hand surgery outcomes occur with a successful partnership between a patient, a surgeon and a hand therapist. A successful partnership requires trust, communication, collaboration and mutual respect. There may be times when you are advised to wear a splint, or when you are advised to perform certain exercises. Sometimes wearing a splint is mandatory, sometimes it is for your comfort only. Sometimes exercises are to be done gently and occasionally, other times they are to be done as often as you can. Some types of pain are a sign that you should contact your doctor or therapist; other types of pain are fine to push through. We know that you want your hand to get better as quickly as possible, and that you will be in the best position to make sensible choices and decisions about what to do (or what not to do) if you know why we have recommended a certain exercise, splint or therapy.

If you have any suggestions or feedback about how we can improve our resources and explanations please let us know - and thanks for reading!

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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.