Novar Specialist Health Care

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Acute injury clinic

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Novar Specialist Health Care

at 109 Webster Street.

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Acute injury clinic

Emergency clinic open Monday to Friday
for injured weekend warriors.

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Ballarat OSM – Orthopaedics | Sports Medicine | Active Recovery

BallaratOSM has been a leader in changing services to suit the changing environment.

We have instituted Telehealth consultations since 16th March. We prefer video, but can telephone for patients without video equipment. Social distancing will be around for some time, so learning how to use smartphones or computers to videoconference is a new skill everyone should learn. For patients that need to be formally examined, or have treatments such as injections, casts, or wound care are treated in line with recommended advice from the Department of Health.

We have altered our usual surgical practices to reflect the current surgical restrictions, incorporating the latest recommendations from the British Orthopaedic Association – where the Coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact – a sign of what we can expect. We still have a limited number of actual attendances at the consulting rooms, by individual arrangement. We are minimising our use of radiology to reduce patient waiting rooms & traffic.

Sports Medicine, Physiotherapy & Psychology are ALSO available by telemedicine
A classic Dr Osler’s maxim that “90% of the diagnosis is made on the history” comes to mind. The addition of video conferencing adds the ability to assess range of movement, movement quality, swelling or deformity, and with teleradiology we can organise and then review images. Some patients are asking what a physiotherapist can do if not putting their hands on someone. It certainly is a different service but Luke has plenty of experience dealing with international sports teams and athletes. Sometimes the sports doc is in London, athlete in Spain, coach in Melbourne and physio in Buninyong. But it can all be managed with technology!

Urgent (category 1) orthopaedic surgical treatments are undertaken for:

  • Malignant & potentially malignant tumours
  • Fractures unable to be managed with closed reduction & casting /bracing / strapping
  • Infections not reasonably treated with antibiotics alone
  • Imminent fractures (related to tumours, loose implants, extreme pain with weight bearing)
  • Severe nerve compression where no other treatment available
  • Tendon ruptures & lacerations not reasonably managed non operatively (finger flexor tendons, pec major, triceps, achilles avulsion from bone)
  • Locked knees (osteochondritis dissecans, meniscal tear with or without ACL)
  • Locked fingers (as opposed to trigger fingers that sometimes lock)
  • Primary or revision joint replacements are rarely indicated for falls or extreme intractable pain causing imminent admission to hospital

Elective surgery has been put on hold for a number of reasons:

  • Limited anaesthetic resources.
  • Limited Personal Protective Equipment availability.
  • Safety of staff and patients. (Prevent Coronavirus spread).

We continue to work on what is a reasonable description of urgent, category 1 surgery.  For other patients we are prioritising them based on their pain, disability, or inconvenience from their orthopaedic complaint.  It is critical to understand that in the current environment, surgery represents a risk to patients, hospital staff, and depletes resources for COVID patients.


Non-operative management is used for the following in the COVID-19 environment:

  • Most upper limb fractures, including clavicle, humeral and wrist fractures.
  • Most Ligamentous injuries of the knee. (Single ligament injuries do well with initial outpatient rehabilitation, with later reconstruction if required)
  • Penetrating injuries (stab wounds) to the limbs that are not contaminated and have no neurological or vascular deficit may be sutured in the ED.
  • Abscesses in patients without systemic sepsis may be incised and drained under local anaesthetic in the ED.

We are available to discuss any Orthopaedic treatment concerns
Our surgeons are 85% of the consultant manpower at BHS. BallaratOSM is our private practice. We offer on-line bookings through https://appointments.ballaratosm.com.au Appointments default to telemedicine. Our team phone the patients prior to understand their video / FaceTime / telephone preferences.

Our team of orthopaedic, sports physicians, psychologists and physiotherapists include:

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide patients of Ballarat, and surrounding districts,
with the highest quality patient focused individualised care.

All members of our team work together to achieve this goal.

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