Do I need a referral to see the doctor?
Without a referral you will not be able to claim at Medicare for your consultation meaning that you will not be able to get the Medicare rebate. It is therefore practice policy that we require an up to date referral prior to all appointments.
How long will I have to wait to see the doctor?
If you have an urgent matter please speak to our receptionists and we will do our best to organise an appointment as soon as possible.
Can I have the procedure without seeing the doctor for a consultation?
Yes, if you are privately insured and medically fit, we do offer an open access no-gap diagnostic endoscopy service.
Below is a list of medical conditions which may require consultation before the procedure. Patients will be considered for suitability on an individual basis.
- Age less than 15 years or older than 80 years of age
- Without a responsible adult to collect and provide support after procedure
- Unable to cope with colonoscopy preparation or unable to follow diet and preparations instructions
- Morbidly obese with BMI > 40
- Breast feeding
- Chest pain with no cardiac assessment
- Unstable Angina
- Cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heart rate) not investigated
- Valvular heart disease
- Recent Myocardial infarction (heart attack) within the last 3 months
- Recent heart surgery including stents within the last 12 months
- Patients on anti-coagulant therapy (not including Aspirin)
- Severe asthma
- Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (emphysema)
- Diagnosed with sleep apnoea /use a CPAP machine
- Problem with kidneys – significant renal impairment
- Patients on dialysis
- Recent Stroke
- Frequent TIA’s
- History of Epilepsy – uncontrolled
- Acute diverticulitis (should not have colonoscopy until four weeks after treatment)
- Recent abdominal surgery
- Suspected abdominal obstruction
- Flare up of inflammatory bowel disease
- Hepatic encephalopathy
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
- Uncontrolled hyper or hypothyroidism