No, a referral to the practice is not required as your initial appointment is with a General Practitioner. They will provide a thorough assessment of the cast and, where necessary, will refer you to the appropriate specialist if further review is required. We certainly welcome referrals from other General Practitioners and emergency doctors to help streamline your care.
Yes, waterproof casts are available. Please ask one of our friendly staff regarding the waterproof cast option and the additional cost.
The following steps will help you look after your cast:
Crutches are available for purchase at $50 per pair and moon boots are $80 per boot. Unfortunately, due to hygiene issues we do not rehire medical equipment.
No, private health insurance is not required for the Fracture Clinic outpatient appointments. Rebates are provided through Medicare.
No, as the service is provided through Medicare, you are not able to claim through your private health insurance.
If you require surgery and have private health insurance then the hospital component of care can be claimed through your health insurance fund by liaising with the admitting hospital and practitioner.
The Launceston fracture clinic works closely with Active physiotherapy located nearby. Physiotherapy provides an important step in the recovery process as after cast immobilisation joints stiffen, ligaments tighten and muscle waste. Physiotherapy can provide this important step in the rehabilitation and the healing process.