Our Orthopaedic Surgery service is the largest public hospital orthopaedic department in Victoria. It is a tertiary referral centre catering for general, specialty and complex areas within Orthopaedic Surgery.

The Orthopaedic Surgery service works closely with Rheumatology to provide a complete musculoskeletal service.

Our inpatient services are divided between emergency and elective surgery patients. More than 2,500 surgical procedures are performed each year.

How to access this service

You need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Your GP will fax your referral to the hospital. Once we receive the referral, we will send you a letter.

If there is a waiting list, you'll be advised what to do in your letter.

Referrals are current for 12 months from the date of issue. Keep a copy of your referral, so you can easily ask your GP to renew your referral if you need to.

Clinics

Fracture City Campus Fracture Reception, Level 1 West MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI
Orthopaedics City Campus Day Centre Room, Level 7 West MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI

What to bring

Every time you come to hospital

Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care card (if you have one)
  • Concession card (if you have one)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
  • Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
  • Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
For an overnight (or longer) stay

If you come for an overnight (or longer stay), you should also bring:

  • A dressing gown and slippers, or comfortable day clothes and shoes
  • Your toiletries
  • Your iPad/tablet or smart phone, provided you are happy to take responsibility for it
For a clinic appointment

If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:

  • Your letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • Your appointment book
  • TAC or Workcover claim number
Do not bring (for overnight or longer stay)

And if you're staying overnight, do not bring:

  • Your handbag, wallet, purse or large amounts of cash. Just bring a small amount for items such as newspapers, magazines or coffee

  • Valuables, such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.