The Chronic Wound Service provides treatment to patients in the community with chronic or complex wounds. We aim to provide treatment the way the person needing the service wants. We work as a team and use the most current research to guide our service.
A chronic wound is persistent broken skin present for more than four weeks.
The Chronic Wound Service team can help patients, their families and health care professionals. We provide specialised:
The Chronic Wound Service consists of an interdisciplinary team which operates as a hospital based clinic.
The specialised clinicians include:
Specialist Doctor - Wound
Clinical Nurse Consultants - Wound
Other clinician or program as required
The service is based on a holistic integrative approach. Patients/carers are equal parties and together we all agree upon goals, outcomes and responsibilities.
People who are aged 16 years or older, usually
Persistent broken skin present for longer than four weeks
An acute problematic/complicated wound requiring specialist advice
Live in council areas of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Shire of Melton and Wyndham.
Uncomplicated acute wounds (present <4 weeks) i.e. recent surgical wound already managed by Surgical Unit
Patients being managed by another Wound Service outside Western Health
Patients that are medically unstable or with severe infection/cellulitis that require GP or Emergency Department intervention.
GP or medical specialist referral required (medical referral letter). Information and investigations needed include:
Brief overview of wound history and current treatment plan (essential)
Medical/Surgical history (essential)
List of current medications (essential)
Recent blood tests
Other imaging results (duplex scans, MRI, angiogram etc)
Wound swab results
The Chronic Wound Service referral form can also be completed and sent to the service.
Sunshine Hospital Acute Services Building, Pod 1 – Monday morning / Wednesday afternoon / Friday morning
Free service to Medicare eligible patients.Patients will not be charged for service consultation or dressing products used at the clinic. Patients/carers are financially responsible for the products and equipment required between appointments.
The Chronic Wound Service involves, as appropriate, other health care professionals in the ongoing care and management of patients. Collaboration occurs with key services which include:
Podiatry and Diabetic Foot Service
Vascular Surgical Unit
Plastic Surgical Unit
Western Health Wound Consultant
Immediate Response Service (Western Health)
Hospital In The Home
Hospital Admission Risk Program
Bolton Clarke or other District Nursing Services
Other Private Wound Consultants
Chronic Wound ServiceSunshine Hospital176 Furlong Road St Albans VIC 3021Ph: 8345 1355Fax: 8345 0777