Plastic and reconstructive surgery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a public health service that treats a variety of surgical conditions for patients across Adelaide and regional South Australia.
It is a joint clinical and teaching unit with close links to the University of Adelaide and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
This service is located at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and is part of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).
Our service follows the SA Health Restricted Elective Surgery Policy Directive (PDF 1.2MB). We do not manage purely aesthetic (cosmetic) cases.
Assessment, excision and reconstruction for all skin cancers.
- Note: please include biopsy results and photo attached to new referrals where possible.
General plastic surgery conditions
- Complex scar problems
- Complex wounds
Our hand clinic offers services for people who have experienced acute hand trauma or have a chronic or degenerative hand condition.
- compressive neuropathies
- surgical management of arthritis
- palmar fibromatosis
- upper limb tumours
- acute or chronic tendon injuries
- chronic issues following previous trauma.
The clinic is run in conjunction with a group of dedicated Hand therapists.
Current research activities:
- The multidisciplinary management of carpal tunnel and trigger finger management.
TQEH has a dedicated twice weekly breast reconstruction clinic run by consultants with a specialist interest in this area.
The clinic sees patients with:
- a history of mastectomy for breast cancer
- a high risk of developing breast cancer
- congenital and developmental breast abnormalities
- a requirement for medically indicated breast reduction surgery (see Breast Reduction Referral Guidelines (PDF 278KB)).
The team have close links with the TQEH Breast/Endocrine Department.
Post massive weight-loss body contouring
Patients post massive weight loss for consideration of abdominoplasty/apronectomy and breast surgery.
Thigh and arm reduction surgeries are not routinely offered at the TQEH.
See guidelines for more details:
Assessment and treatment of facial injuries and facial fractures.
Services not provided
We are unable to see:
- Children under the age of 16 (patients between the ages of 16-18 years upon direct discussion with the on-call Registrar)
- Acute burns requiring specialist burn unit care (for this service, see the Adult Burns Centre on the RAH website)
- Simple, uncomplicated benign skin lesion are not routinely seen, unless causing functional limitation. These include:
- Sebaceous cysts
- Seborrheic keratoses
- Skin tags
Referrers may consider discussion with General Surgical services or consider private referrals for the management of these conditions.
How to make a referral
Urgent referrals, including all acute and traumatic injuries
On-call Plastic Surgery Registrar, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Phone: 0466 553 474
Hospital switchboard: (08) 8222 6000
Our Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC) is available for patients with semi-urgent plastic surgical problems that are likely to require operative intervention.
This clinic has strict eligibility criteria. Only patients discussed directly with the on-call registrar will be reviewed.
On-call Plastic Surgery Registrar, available 24/7
Phone: 0466 553 474
Hospital switchboard: (08 8222 6000)
If your patient is accepted into the Rapid Assessment Clinic, please provide them with the following to bring to their appointment:
- a brief written referral
- any relevant hard copy XR's
Outpatient referrals can be made using the forms below:
- M15 standard OPD referral form (PDF 206KB)
- Body contouring; abdominoplasty; breast reduction referral form (PDF 205KB)
Send referrals to:
- Fax: 08 8222 7188
- Email: Health.TQEHOPDReferrals@sa.gov.au
All referrals are triaged by a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and appointments are made based on clinical need. We are transitioning to a digital referral system.
All outpatient services are located in the main or allied health building of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Consultants, staff specialists and staff members
- Dr. Richard Harries (Head of Unit) — FRACS
- Dr. Michelle Lodge — FRACS
- Dr. Bernard Carney — FRACS
- Dr. Phoebe Prowse — FRACS
- Dr. Naila Mouratova — FRACS
- Dr. Vani Prasad Atluri — FRACS
Ph. 08 8222 6956
Fax: 08 8222 7967
Plastic Surgery Clinical Nurse Consultant
TQEH Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department staff also include one international fellow, three registrars (two SET, one unaccredited), two resident medical officers and one intern. There is also a full time plastic surgery specialist nurse consultant on site.