FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?

Apart from your medicare and insurance information;

  • A referral from your General Practitioner or family doctor
  • All pertinent x-ray reports and test results from your primary care or referring physician
  • A list of all medications that you are currently taking
  • A list of any known drug allergies and the symptoms you may have from taking these medicines
  • If you have had surgery elsewhere, please bring a copy of your operation report

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?

Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff are bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

Yes, most medical specialists will accept only referred patients. This is partly to try to ensure that the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for you and your condition, and also because Medicare pays rebates for specialist services if you have been referred.

How can my GP help me to obtain specialist medical care?

Before seeing any medical specialist, it is always preferable to talk to your own GP, who can discuss your condition with you and advise on whether any specialist care is appropriate. If it is, he or she can help you to choose the specialist best suited to your needs. Your family doctor can help the specialist to care for you better by providing relevant information about your health. Communicating with the specialist will also enable your GP to care for you better during and after your specialist treatment.

What should I expect during first visit?

Your cardiologist will obtain a history from you and perform a physical examination. You will also have a ECG which gives a lot of information about your heart. He will arrange further investigation and management as required if possible on the same day.

How much will it cost?

Details of our fees are available at the time when an appointment is made or at the time of the patient visit. We are able to submit online claims for partial Medicare refunds at the time of the consultation if Medicare has been given banking details by the patient.

Need more information?

Please call during business hours on 02 6059 2413

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