New clinic reduces wait time for thyroid patients

Group of 5 doctors standing in hospital consult room
Consultant Endocrinologist and Nuclear Physician Richard Gauci, Endocrine Surgery Registrar Mitchel Gooch, Consultant Endocrine Surgeon Sze Ling Wong, Endocrinology Registrar Gaurav Ghosh and Endocrine Surgeon Dean Lisewski
July 8, 2020

A new clinic at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) will significantly reduce the wait times for patients with thyroid nodules and those needing urgent endocrine surgery.

The Rapid Access Thyroid Clinic has been established by the General and Endocrine Surgery Department at FSH as a one-stop shop for thyroid nodule assessment where same day clinical consultation, ultra-sound, fine needle biopsy and cytology are arranged.

Attended by specialist thyroid surgeons, the clinic can see up to three additional urgent cases each week, in addition to the current endocrine surgery workload.

FSH Endocrine Surgeon, Dean Lisewski, said the specialised clinic will not only facilitate the smooth flow of thyroid patients through diagnosis to treatment but also ensure they are seen in a timely manner.

“Previously patients had to wait up to 3 months to be seen, now they are able to bypass the central waitlist and be seen directly within one week of referral after contact with the Endocrine Surgery Registrar at FSH,” Dean said.

“This will allow for more appropriate use of the neck lump clinic for suspected squamous cancers of the head and neck.”

“We have been providing high quality multidisciplinary care for thyroid patients in the south metropolitan health catchment for over 15 years and this is another step towards ensuring that continues in to the future.”

Find out more information about the Rapid Access Thyroid Clinic.

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