Patient information

Doctors in Oakleigh Victoria

After Hours Emergency Cover

Provided to all patients of this practice. Please use the main clinic phone number (9822 9822) at all times. If you are experience any difficulty obtaining the recorded information after-hours, the call service may be contacted by dialling: 13 2660

Cabrini Hospital, Wattletree Rd, Malvern has a 24hr private emergency department available at all times 7 days per week.  The closest 24hr public emergency department is located at the Alfred Hospital, Commercial Rd, Prahran.

In the case of life threatening emergencies call an ambulance immediately   ph: 000

Then contact the doctor on duty

For Non-English Speaking Patients

Interpreter services for non-english speaking patients can be arranged. Alternative phone access service is also available for hearing impaired patients.

Appointments

The clinic runs on an appointment system – please phone: 9822 9822, to obtain an appointment. We do not accept appointments via email.  Emergency treatment is available during surgery hours, without an appointment or use our online booking service. Where possible, please call in advance and alert reception that you will arrive shortly. It may be more appropriate to attend a hospital emergency department  depending on the situation. Patients will be attended to promptly, depending on the medical priority.

Appointments are allocated at fifteen minute intervals.  If you need more time with the doctor for a check-up, travel health advice, care planning, or you have a number of health issues – Please request a double appointment.

 

Appointment Fees and billing

Most “standard” consultations” (Mon-Fri) are charged at the rate of $95.00 provided payment is received at the time of consultation, standard consultations not paid on the day are charged at $110.00. A full schedule of fees is available at the reception desk.

All weekend and public holiday sessions are available for urgent cases and for existing patients of this clinic. These sessions run on an appointment system, please phone for a time. These apps are charged at a higher rate.

We request that all accounts be paid at the time of consultation, for which we offer a significant discount. This clinic does not routinely bulk-bill HCC or pension card holders. If any patient is experiencing significant financial distress, they are invited to please discuss this with their doctor, so that an appropriate scheme for payment can be arranged.

All veterans’ affairs gold card holder’s accounts are billed direct to vet affairs (including after-hours).

Melbourne pathology appointments:

These are available at this clinic. Please phone for an appointment time as patients must first be referred for these tests by their treating doctor. The signed pathology request form must be provided at the time of testing. Most accounts for pathology laboratory work referred by one of our doctors will be bulk billed.

Phone Calls

Whilst our staff endeavour to attend to all calls promptly, at certain times our lines may be busy.  We will attend to your call as soon as possible.

At all times we endeavour to provide patients with an appointment with the doctor they usually attend.  In some circumstances this cannot always be possible.  However, due to the close, long standing working relationship between the doctors, patients can be confident of receiving responsible and caring treatment from any doctor they see.

Reception staff are able to arrange a free interpreter service for any patient that may require it.  This can be more easily organised with some advance warning.  Where possible, please request this service at the time of making an appointment for a non-english speaking patient

Test Results

If your doctor has requested pathology, radiology or other tests be performed, it is required that you make a follow up appointment to discuss these results and any changes to your treatment regime, medications and/or lifestyle issues. Please provide up to date contact phone numbers so that any urgent messages can be conveyed.

Recalls & Reminders

This centre has the facility for patients to be provided with timely reminders and recalls for a variety of health issues. If however you would prefer not to receive these reminders please discuss this with your doctor.

Home Visits

The doctors of this practice have limited time available to perform home visits. If a patient is unable to attend the surgery please phone reception to discuss options for that day.The doctors are usually very much in demand, home visits are mostly carried out at the end of the day.

Specialist Referrals

Your doctor may deem it appropriate to refer you to a specialist for treatment, or for tests to be performed outside of this medical centre.  Patients have the choice of referral to a private specialist or facility, where there will be out of pocket costs incurred. Alternatively referral to a public hospital outpatients department can be arranged.

Repeat prescriptions & referrals

In most cases, patients are required to make an appointment to obtain new prescriptions and referrals. It is not usually possible to obtain these items by phone or e-mail request unless this arrangement has been specifically discussed & agreed with your treating doctor. Fees will apply for items provided without consultation. Good healthcare is only achieved when patients are prepared to be reviewed and monitored regularly. Your best health outcomes are our first concern

Privacy

In line with the national privacy principals- your medical record is a confidential document. It is the policy of this practice to maintain security of personal health information at all times and to ensure that this information is only available to authorised members of staff.

Patient Feedback

From time to time this practice invites patients to complete a questionnaire on their views of the practice and how it could be improved. We would appreciate any comments you may wish to make to help us improve our services.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of the care you receive from this practice, please feel free to discuss this with your doctor or the practice manager.

If however you wish to discuss a medical issue independent of the practice this can be done by contacting:

Health Services Commissioner
Level 30, 570 Bourke Street,
Melbourne   3000
Ph: 8601 5200
Freecall: 1800 136 066