We offer a comprehensive range of orthopaedic care, including assessment, evaluation, surgery and after-surgery care.
More than 850 hip and knee replacements are conducted annually at the Mater Private Hospital Townsville.
Mater Private Hospital Townsville has a large team of highly qualified Orthopaedic Surgeons specialising in upper limb, lower limb, spinal and general orthopaedics who consult and operate on-site. Each Surgeon has different pre-operative and post-operative requirements. For more information regarding your surgery, please refer to your Surgeon's website, which can be located through our specialist listing.
How to access:
Please phone the Orthopaedic Ward on (07) 4727 4243 two weeks prior to your surgery to arrange an appointment with the receptionist.
Clinics are on every Wednesday from 8:00am – 4:00pm, and your appointment will take approximately 30 minutes. If you are unable to attend due to living out of town, or you have complex mobility concerns, a phone appointment can be arranged.
If you have any questions in relation to what to bring on your day of surgery, please write them down and bring them with you to discuss with your nurse at the Pre-admission Clinic. Some items that may be recommended to you include:
- Canadian crutches / wheelie walker
- Night and day clothes - loose and easy to remove. Suggested items: nighties, boxers, shorts, large dressess, button up shirts for shoulder surgery
- Medication in original packaging (we are unable to accept webster/blister packs.)
- Long handled reacher / Pick-up stick (Hip replacements only)
- CPAP machine if you have OSA
- Long-handled shower brush (optional)
It is necessary to bring all of your medications with you to Hospital.
Hospital protocol requires that your medications be in their original packaging. Blister / webster packs or doset boxes are not acceptable. Your nurse will administer medications as the doctor has ordered, and they will be kept in the medication cabinet in your room. Your medications will be returned to you on discharge, and the nurse will explain the nature and use of any new medications that your doctor has ordered.
Should you need more medications or toiletries, there is a Pharmacy located on the premises. Just ask your Nurse to order anything you may require. Normal Pharmacy concessions are applicable. They also hire and sell equipment that you may need on discharge, such as Cryo Cuff buckets.
Doctors do not have specified times for seeing patients, but usually visit each day. Some Doctors work on a rotational basis on weekends and may arrange for a colleague to review you during your stay.
For your safety, some protocols have been adopted. These include bed rails on your bed. These will be utilized during transport and after surgery to ensure your safety. Please wear the tractions socks provided by staff over your T.E.D. and read the Falls Prevention brochure to minimize the risk of falls. Always use the mobility aids selected by the physio when mobilizing. Please always remember to follow nursing staff instructions when it comes to mobility.
Post-surgery, orthopaedic patients are supported by Mater Rehabilitation Service which is a specialised service utilising a multidisciplinary approach where Nurses, VMOs, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Speech Therapists and Dieticians work together to ensure the best patient outcomes are achieved.