There are currently 2.5 million people living in rural areas in Australia. Don’t get me wrong! There are many perks to living in rural areas away from the hustle and bustle of city life; however one of the downsides is easy access to healthcare, or at least more involved surgeries such as plastic surgery that require more specialist attention.
People living in rural areas who need or want plastic surgery face many additional issues to those of us travelling an hour across town for surgery; such as extensive travel to where the surgery will be performed, multiple visits to providers to determine what and how their care will be handled, and large amounts of time and the expense involved in being away from home. It also takes patients kilometres away from their support people and the comforts of home.
What options are there?
Dr Patrick Briggs, Plastic Surgeon based in Subiaco, WA, has over 20 years experience and understands the issues facing rural patients. He has developed special care plans tailored to those who come from rural areas. To save you time and money, before you even step foot in a car or on a plane, Dr Briggs will work remotely with you and your general practitioner to see if you are a candidate for plastic surgery. Once you have been clarified as a suitable candidate Dr Briggs works his initial consultation and any following appointments, including surgery, around when patients are able to get their flight times. Dr Briggs also offers rural or overseas patients the opportunity to Skype consultations as appropriate. You can contact his office for more information about these.
Dr Briggs’ staff are also happy to help with finding you some accommodation close to the hospital where you will be having the surgery. Dr Briggs will also expedite your post-surgery follow-up appointment in order to decrease the amount of time that you have to spend away from home. Once you return home, he will liaise with your general practitioner to assist in any post-surgical care needs.
Dr Briggs and his staff make it their business to ensure your plastic surgery journey, from start to finish, is as smooth as possible and make themselves available at any stage to answer any questions or concerns you may have along the way. They go out of their way to assist you in any additional difficulties that may arise due to you having to travel a distance to get to them.
Don’t be limited
If you have always wanted to have surgery done, but because of living in a rural area the thought was overwhelming and you weren’t sure you could afford the extra time and expense; Dr Briggs certainly gives you an option to think about. If you’re still not sure, give them a call to see if they can help you make your plastic surgery dream a reality.
Image courtesy of Mike Newling; Destination NSW