The Plastic Surgery Unit at the WCH cares for children with elective and emergency problems. In addition to general plastic surgery, particular areas of interest include:
We are also closely associated with the Burns Unit at the WCH.
How to access this service
For emergency assistance, your child should be brought to the Hospital's Emergency Department for assessment. A referral will be made to the Plastic Surgery team if required. In rural or remote areas, it may be wise to be seen by your local doctor first. Your doctor will consult with the registrar in Plastic Surgery for advice or to arrange for your child to be brought to the WCH.
For all other situations, access to our service is through the Outpatient Department. A doctor's referral letter should be sent to:
Or faxed to: (08) 8161 6246
Please indicate if an interpreter is needed. An appointment will be sent out on receipt of the referral.
Elective surgery and outpatient review is undertaken during normal working hours – a time will be given to you for an appointment.
For emergency care, the WCH Paediatric Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A member of the Plastic Surgery Unit can be contacted by the Emergency Department or local doctor as required.
Plastic surgery uses surgical and non-surgical techniques (such as specialised dressings) to optimise function and cosmesis for each given deformity or injury.
Each child is clinically assessed and appropriate investigations (such as Xrays) will be arranged if required. An individualised plan is then discussed with you and your child to best manage their particular problem.
Please bring any relevant X-rays.
Please contact the Outpatient Department prior to the appointment time if an interpreter is needed.
All procedures are performed in the Rogerson Theatre Complex.
Elective patients will be cared for in the Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA) Ward.
Day Surgery cases are nursed after surgery in the Day Surgery Ward, and overnight stay patients in Campbell Ward.
Emergeny or predicted longer stay cases will be cared for in the appropriate ward for their age:
Plastic Surgery and Dressing Information
All Surgeons working at the Plastic Surgery Unit are members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Further information is available through their website.
The unit has a policy of regular clinical review and audit. Individual research projects are undertaken regularly. Please contact the department if you have particular queries.
last modified: 03 Feb 2021