Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
Yes you will need to have a referral letter from you GP to make an appointment with any medical specialist. This ensure that the specialist is appropriate for your condition.
What should I bring to my appointment?
- Medicare or DVA card
- Referral Letter
- Private health insurance details
- A current list of your medication
- Details of drug allergies
- A copy of the report for any investigations your GP has done for this condition ie ultrasound reports, CT reports
- A written list of question that you may like to ask
Will my appointment with the specialist be covered by my private health fund?
No. Your private health fund only covers you for inpatient services. But you can make a claim from medicare.
What to expect during my first visit?
At your first visit Dr Velu will listen to your account of the problem you have been referred for and ask you questions. He will conduct an examination, review any X-rays or scan results that you have already had done. Next, he will give you his opinion and recommendations. A letter in regard to the outcome of the appointment is always dictated and sent back to your referring GP.
Payment of Consultation fees
Our staff will advise you when you book an appointment of the exact cost and your medicare rebate. Full payment is requested at the time of the appointment by either cash, cheques, EFTPOS and most credit cards (not American Express or Diners Card). We are able to process your medicare claim on your behalf at the time payment is received.
If you consent to having a procedure performed, our staff will provide you with a quote to show the estimate of the costs for each item number associated with your particular surgery.
You will need to check if you have any costs in relation to your chosen private health fund when being admitted to hospital.
There may also be a fee from the Anaesthetist for you surgery, a number will be provided on your quote to enable you to contact them and discuss this.
Day of surgery or procedure
On the day of your procedure you need to be fasting (nil by mouth) for six hours prior to your procedure. You should continue to take all your normal medication with a small sip of water including Aspirin unless otherwise instructed by you specialist doctor. Our staff will advise you of what time to present to the hospital admissions area for you procedure.