The following information is intended to help answer common questions that you may have on a range of different topics. If you find that your questions are not answered here provided please contact our friendly staff on 08 9707 3320 for further information.
- Your completed Patient Information Form
- Your referral from your GP or another specialist
- All scans (X-rays, mammograms, ultrasounds etc) including report
- Blood tests or pathology reports relating to your referral
- Medicare card
- Private health fund details
- List of current medications
- You are welcome to bring family member or friend
Your consultation time will be determined by the complexity of your condition. On average most new consultations are 15 minutes.
At times patient’s conditions are very complex and sensitive in nature and require longer periods of time to discuss in detail. If you feel you need a longer consultation or have lots of questions, please let us know when booking your appointment.
All efforts are made for you to be seen in a timely manner. We do ask that you are patiently waiting for your appointment.
Privacy Information and Consent Form
The law gives you certain privacy rights in relation to information that you give to this practice. We need your consent to collect personal information about you.
We will also use the information you provide in the following ways:
• Administration of this medical practice (by all practice staff).
• Billing, including Medicare and health insurance commission requirements.
• Disclosure to others involved in your health care (electronically via health link/faxed/emailed or written) including doctors and specialists outside this practice, who may become involved in your care. This may occur through referral to others doctors, or for medical tests, and in the return of results and reports from these referrals.
• Disclosure to others for medical defence purposes if necessary.
• Disclosure for multidisciplinary, audit, teaching, research, quality assurance activities to improve individual and community health care and practice management.
• Photographic library may be used for record, teaching and educational purposes.
- Please shower at home the evening before surgery, or in the morning
- Please do not shave the surgical site! This will be done for you if necessary. Shaving yourself increases the risk of infection
- For morning surgery, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery unless otherwise instructed. This includes coffee, tea, water, and juice. Taking your medication with a small sip of water is ok
- For afternoon surgery, a small breakfast BEFORE 7AM is OK, and nothing after that. Your surgery may be cancelled if you do not follow these instructions
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to your surgery
- Do not smoke for 4 weeks before surgery or your risk of serious complications increases
- Ask your surgeon if you are permitted to take your routine medications (such as those for heart, blood pressure, or insulin etc.) before arriving for surgery
- Do not bring valuables such as money, jewellery etc. Do not wear make-up
- Bring toiletries and loose fitting, comfortable clothing to wear upon discharge
- You will be required to remove contact lenses, jewellery, dentures, and wigs
- Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after discharge
- Notify your us if there is a change in your condition prior to surgery (such as a cold, cough, fever or infection). If severe, your surgery may need to be postponed for your safety
- Stop all herbal medications 4 weeks before surgery unless discussed beforehand
- On the day of your surgery, report to hospital reception
- If you have not already done so, you will meet your anaesthetist
- After the operation, you will spend some time in the recovery room before going to the ward
- After discharge, and as long as you are taking prescription pain medicine, you are not permitted to:
- Drive a car nor operate power equipment
- Drink alcoholic beverages
- Sign important papers
- Instructions regarding safe resumption of the above activities will be provided by your surgeon
For further information, please click here to visit the Healthdirect Australia website.
Pre Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
Smoking will impact your body before and after surgery regardless of the type of procedure you have. We recommend that all surgical patients abstain from smoking for as long as possible before and after surgery.
Smokers require special consideration and treatment when undergoing surgery. The effects of smoking-related diseases increase both anesthetic risks, as well as risks of complications during surgery and recovery.
Conversely, anesthesia is safer and more predictable in nonsmokers due to better functioning of the heart, blood vessels, lungs and nervous systems.
The earlier you quit, the greater your chances are of avoiding surgery-related complications. It is especially important not to smoke on the day of your surgery. Fortunately, the body begins to heal within hours of quitting. Twelve hours after a person quits, his or her heart and lungs already begin to function better as nicotine and carbon monoxide levels drop. It takes less than a day for blood flow to improve, which reduces the likelihood of post-operative complications. We recommend patients abstain from smoking for as long as possible before and after surgery, but even quitting for a brief period is still beneficial.
Do not bring valuables such as money, jewellery etc.Do not wear make-upBring toiletries and loose fitting, comfortable clothing to wear upon dischargeYou will be required to remove contact lenses, jewellery, dentures, and wigs
Millions of Australians use herbal and homeopathic supplement for health benefits. It could be fish oil to improve memory or ginseng to boost your energy levels. They are considered “natural” and are sold in pharmacies supermarkets and health stores.
Unfortunately, natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe, and this could be a big a problem for you, especially if you need to have surgery.
We ask that all herbal supplements be stopped 4 weeks before surgery. That’s because these herbal medications can have side effects that could make surgery more dangerous for you. Of particular concern are Ginseng, Garlic, and Gingko, Fish oil and St. John’s Wort, which increase the risk of bleeding.
You should not drive any vehicle (including riding a bicycle) for at least 24 hours after a general anaesthetic. We do not permit people driving with alcohol in their blood. Similarly, you should be certain that all sedative drugs have been eliminated from your body before attempting to drive.
Most facilities require that you be accompanied by a responsible adult, who either drives you home or accompanies you in a taxi. This person or another adult should stay with you for the first night.
We also advise all patients not to drive motor vehicles, operate machinery or make important personal or business decisions for at least 24 hours. This is because of any residual effects of drugs which might interfere with your ability to make decisions.