COVID-19 UPDATE

Western Skin Institute remains open. 

If you have a fever, cough or feel unwell, please call to cancel your appointment and refer to the Australian Government Department of Health Website:  https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#symptoms-and-when-to-get-tested

If you do attend, rest assure we adhere to the social distancing rules. We kindly ask that all patients attend their appointment on their own unless accompanying a minor or dependent. 

Waiting room chairs are reduced to very limited numbers to respect the space needed between each individual. 

These measures are designed to protect you and keep you safe.

    Immediate Surgery

    We are commonly asked by patients to do the surgery immediately/ right now. This request is NOT in accordance with Best practice guidelines.

    The Medical Council requires that before any surgery is carried out, you have informed consent. This involves telling you about the procedure, telling you what to expect, costs of the surgery, complications and then scheduling it at another date. See: https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Policies/Cosmetic-medical-and-surgical-procedures-guidelines.aspx

    This gives you time to synthesise the information, discuss with your family doctor and seek a second opinion if necessary.

    This is the standard of care for most specialists: Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons, General Surgeons etc.

    For minor procedures, it is recommended that a minimum of 7 days is required before we schedule surgery. For major procedures this can be up to 3 months.

    We are aware that there are clinics who would perform surgery right now/ immediately. Apart from the rare exception where there is an imminent threat to your life; we apologise that we are not this type of clinic and you are very welcome to see other clinicians who will perform the procedure without complying with the guidelines above.

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