Patient & Practice Information

Clinical Information


Breast Feeding Support and Advice

Breastfeeding, while natural, is still a learned skill, at least for the mother. Some women breastfeed easily from the first day and never have a problem, but many meet hurdles somew.. read the whole article

Caffeine and Alcohol

Caffeine Limit your caffeine intake to 300 g a day or less, or avoid it all together. A high caffeine intake (about 3-4 cups of coffee) has been linked to slightly increased risk of misca.. read the whole article

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Chickenpox is an acute infection caused by a virus. The virus is very infectious and spreads rapidly among children and adults who have not had the illness before. It is usually spread from.. read the whole article

Cord Blood Collection

Altruistic umbilical cord blood donation can help save the life of someone with leukaemia or another life threatening illness. If you wish to donate cord blood to the public cord blood please refe.. read the whole article

Coughs and Colds

Coughs and colds can occur during pregnancy and, as most are caused by viruses, it is safe to treat the symptoms. Here's a list of information to help you. Rest, make sure you drink enough.. read the whole article

Downloadable practice forms & information sheets


Patient registration can be completed securely online or forms can be printed and faxed/sent into our consulting rooms. Please see below:

Alice's birth video link Alice's birth video link (14165 KB)

First visit check-list First visit check-list (87 KB)

Patient Medical History Form Patient Medical History Form (105 KB)

Patient Privacy and Consent Form Patient Privacy and Consent Form (81 KB)

Patient Registration Form Patient Registration Form (0 KB)

Billing & Referral Information

Payment is usually to be made on the day of consultation. We accept cash, credit card, EFTPOS and cheque for payment. We can submit your Medicare claim online for certain item numbers if you are registered with them.  This would mean your Medicare rebate automatically deposited back to your nominated bank account.

This is a private practice and the Doctors do not bulk bill or have Pensioner Concessions. Each Doctor sets her own fees.

For gynaecology patients, fees are charged per visit and for procedures.

For obstetric patients, an out of pocket amount for managing the pregnancy of a private patient. This takes into account the whole of pregnancy care delivered by specialist obstetricians, and the 24 hour availability of expert advice and management.  Each doctor in the practice sets her own fees but all use the same billing structure. A first visit fee is charged which includes and ultrasound if performed on the day.

A "management of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks" account with a Medicare item is billed halfway through the pregnancy, and then at 30 weeks another account for the remainder of the out of pocket fee is rendered, for about half the 20 week amount. After this there is no more out of pocket fees from the primary obstetrician, but if another specialist is involved in a patient's care an account may be sent. This may be from a paediatrician, anaesthetist or assistant surgeon in the case of a caesarean delivery. Sometimes we refer to other specialists such as endocrinologists, physicians or surgeons for pregnancy related complications.

We refer all our babies to a neonatal paediatric colleague for a specialist examination, which means if you have any worries about your new born in the first three months you can call an expert any time.

Please check with your private health fund to ensure you are fully covered for obstetric services in a private hospital.  Self-funded and overseas insured patients are welcome.  Please contact us for more information.

If you have any questions related to fees and billing, please contact our friendly administrative team on 03 9348 1110.

 




Appointments

Appointments can be made by contacting our rooms on 03 9348 1110.

Appointments are necessary to attend this practice. Each new consultation takes between 20-30 minutes.  It may take longer if you are required to attend pathology after the appointment.

The Doctor aims to run to appointment times, however, given the nature of the practice, delays are sometimes unavoidable. Where possible, you will be notified of any delays.

It would be appreciated, if cancelling or rescheduling an appointment that 24 hours notice is given as there are always others waiting for appointments.

To prepare for your first obstetric visit, please check that you have:

  • A referral from your GP
  • A copy of any recent blood tests or ultrasounds
  • The date and result of your last pap smear
  • Complete all relevant documents : Patient Registration form, Patient Privacy and Consent form and Patient Medical History form and return by mail, fax or email.
  • Confirmed that your private health fund covers you for Obstetric care as a private patient in a private hospital (Frances Perry House)
  • Read the information which you have received about prenatal screening and consider whether you will undergo testing for Down Syndrome and Cystic Fibrosis – more information is available at www.vcgs.org.au
  • Read the financial consent and discussed with your partner/family as appropriate.

Download a checklist to help you with your first appointment : 

First visit check-list First visit check-list (87 KB)

For your gynaecology appointment, please check that you have

  • A referral from your GP
  • A copy of any recent blood tests or ultrasounds
  • The date and result of your last pap smear
  • Completed all relevant documents: Patient Registration Form, Patient Privacy and Consent form and and return by mail, fax or email.
We would prefer for all patients to return all relevant forms and documents to our consulting suites prior to your first appointment.   If you need help with any of the above information please contact our rooms on 9348 1110 and speak to one of our friendly receptionists or our midwives.


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