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Hand Unit

Telephone: +61 2 9382 7350

The Sydney Hospital Hand Unit provides a comprehensive elective and emergency service for all hand and wrist disorders within SESLHD. It is also a major tertiary level centre for hand referrals from across New South Wales. The Hand Unit is located on the second floor of Sydney Hospital with a ward (2 West), Hand Clinic, and Hand Therapy Department.

Services

The Sydney Hospital Hand Unit provides a comprehensive elective and emergency service for all hand, wrist and forearm disorders/injuries within South East Sydney and Illawarra. It is also a tertiary level centre for hand referrals from across New South Wales.

Access to services through on-call Medical personnel is 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. The Hand Unit is located on the second floor of Sydney Hospital with a ward (2 West), Hand Clinic, and Hand Therapy Department.

Referrals

Emergency Referrals

For emergency enquiries, including after hours, the on-call Hand Registrar or Fellow must be contacted, by the referring Doctor, through the main hospital switchboard on +61 2 9382 7111. A referral needs to be completed and sent to the Hand Clinic either by:

For all other referrals to the Hand Service

  • All referrals are to be made using the referral form . Referrals must be completed by the referring Medical Practitioner and faxed to 9382 7571 or emailed to Hand_Clinic_Referrals@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au 

  • Alternatively referrals can be made through the electronic medical record system (eMR) via consults – Hand Clinic Referrals SSEH.

  • Please Note - Urgent referrals need to be discussed with the Hand unit Medical Team and an appointment allocated. It is the responsibility of the referring medical officer to ensure an appointment is allocated for the patient and is documented on the referral form.

  •  The Hand team will review waitlist referrals and contact the patient with an appropriate appointment.

 

Hand Clinic (appointments)

A Hand Surgery out-patient clinic is run Monday to Friday from 9am - 12noon. Appointments for these clinics can be made by telephoning +61 2 9382 7201 between 11am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Elective and Emergency surgery operating lists occur daily throughout the week (Mon-Fri). Additionally, Emergency Hand Surgery lists for critical hand injuries are provided 24 hours a day.

Medical

The Hand Unit is staffed by specialist Hand surgeons:

  • Dr Damian Ryan (Director)
  • Dr Sean Nicklin
  • Dr Doug Wheen
  • Dr Peter Scougall
  • Dr Tim Heath
  • Associate Professor Graham Gumley
  • Dr Mark Nabarro
  • Associate Professor Anand Deva
  • Dr John Tawfik
  • Dr Bernard Schick
  • Dr Jeon Cha

The Junior Medical Staff consists of a Hand Fellow, Orthopaedic and Plastics Registrars and a Resident.

The Hand Unit Secretary, Janet Costello, is located in the Hand Unit office, adjacent to the Claffy Lecture Theatre, and can be contacted on +61 2 9382 7350.

Nursing

The Hand Surgery Ward, 2 West, is managed by Caroline Reilly, Nurse Unit Manager and a team of hand surgery experienced Registered Nurses. Visiting hours are 10am to 8pm.

Hand CNC: Kay Maddison +61 2 9382 7574 or +61 2 9382 7111 can be contacted during business hours for advice and information regarding education.

Hand Therapy

The Hand Therapy Unit is a multi-disciplinary team staffed with Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists with specialised training in the management of hand injuries and conditions. The department is managed by Lauren Miller, Hand Therapy Unit Manager.

Services provided:

  • In-patient and out-patient hand therapy assessment and management
  • State-wide consultative service to Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists in NSW (phone, email and Telehealth)

Hours: Monday to Friday 8.00am- 4.30pm

Referrals: Tertiary referrals accepted from Hand Specialists, Hand Clinic, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

Contacting the Hand Therapy Unit:

  • Hand Therapy Appointments: Phone +61 2 9382 7201 between 11am and 4 pm

  • Hand Therapy Unit Enquiries: call Hand Unit Secretary +61 2 9382 7350 or Hand Therapy Unit Manager on +61 2 9382 7522

  • Hand Therapy annual Fellowship position: Hand Therapy Unit Manager on +61 2 9382 7522