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Latest news: Masks are mandatory when you attend our practice in person, and we request that you log your attendance via our Victorian Government QR code (location code 3D7RE3 in the Service Victoria App) or by writing your details on the physical register at our reception. Elective hospital surgeries are unrestricted and you no longer routinely need to have a COVID test prior to hospital admission. Dr Tomlinson is operating at The Avenue and Glenferrie Private; Epworth Cliveden is indefinitely closed at this time.

We consult with patients via videoconsultation where it is clinically appropriate to do to maximise patient and staff safety under the new COVID normal. Enhanced hygiene measures in our rooms include acrylic screens, masks, hand sanitiser, face shields and physical distancing-related changes; long consultations and our See and Treat service remain adjusted under our COVIDsafe plan to include the use of telehealth to reduce face to face time. We require that all patients provide a referral prior to booking an appointment so we can identify and manage urgent and emergency conditions in a timely manner, and so that Dr Tomlinson can assess your suitability for a telehealth appointment and identify any further information or investigations that might be required before your consultation. 

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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.