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New clinic set to SLAM wait times for skin cancer patients at Redland Hospital

12 September 2019

Metro South Health’s second SLAM clinic has opened at Redland Hospital that will cut waiting times and provide a one-stop-shop for patients.

The specialist skin cancer clinic will offer suitable patients assessment and treatment in one single hospital visit.

The first SLAM (Skin Lesion Assessment Management) clinic launched at the PAH early last year with results showing the time for patients to access surgical treatment to remove skin cancers reduced from six months to less than 40 days.

Shorter wait times and reduced hospital visits also meant less time away from work or home for patients while removing uncertainty and anxiety for patients while waiting.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr Michael Wagels said under the SLAM model, patients with confirmed non-melanoma skin cancers of the head and neck, who were able to undergo a day procedure, were seen and treated in the same day.

He said up to ten patients could be seen in each clinic.

Health Minister Steven Miles said the clinic was a novel and innovative solution that addressed challenges in delivering specialist outpatient services.

“Specialist outpatient services give patients access to medical spe¬cialists for diagnostic assessment, screening and treatment, allow for ongoing management of chronic and complex con¬ditions and provide pre and post hospital care,” he said.

Last updated 12 September 2019
Last reviewed 12 September 2019

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