At your first consultation Dr Gomez’ staff will ask you to complete a new patient questionnaire, this will allow the practise to register you and will save you time when you arrive. Or you can download the Patient Registration Form and email it to us ahead of time. We also ask that you bring with you your medicare and private health insurance details, as well as copies of any medical imaging (X – rays, CT scans, MRI scans etc) and pathology that you have had done. You will also require an up to date referral from your GP or relevant medical practitioner.
Fees and Billing
All Australian residents are covered by the “public health system” or medicare.
In addition, the private health system affords patients the benefits of:
- The right to choose your own surgeon
- The knowledge that you will have continuity of care from the same health professional throughout your episode of care (before, during and after surgery).
- Access to medical care in a more timely fashion and in an Institution of your choice
- No long waiting lists
You will usually be admitted to hospital on the day of your operation. It is important that you bring ALL x rays and imaging with you on the day.
Hospital staff will generally contact you the day before surgery to confirm your admission time.
You will wake up after your surgery in the anaesthetic recovery area of the operating theatre. Here your vital signs and pain levels will be closely monitored prior to your return to the ward. You will have an intravenous line (drip) in your arm and usually a catheter in your bladder. Once your vital signs are deemed stable and your pain well controlled you will be returned to your room on the surgical ward.
Frequently Asked Questions
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