Q. What do I need to bring for my appointment?
A. You will need to bring your referral and any radiology (X-rays, CT Scans, Ultrasounds or MRIs), together with any relevant information from previous doctors or allied health professionals. The more information you bring to your appointment with Dr Andrews, the better Dr Andrews is able to discuss with you your clinical condition and treatment options.
Q. Why do I need a referral?
A. You need to bring a current referral to enable your consultation fee to be claimed through Medicare. This is a requirement of Medicare and consequently your health fund and your insurer. Medicare stipulates that a referral from a general practitioner covers your visits for 12 months and a referral from a specialist doctor lasts for 3 months.
Q. What should I wear to my appointment with Dr Andrews?
A. Dr Andrews will need to examine the area of your body you are referred to him about. If you are female and seeing Dr Andrews for your shoulder, consider wearing something such as a sleeveless shirt or a singlet underneath your shirt that you can leave on whilst your shoulder is being examined.
Q. Will I need an MRI at my appointment?
A. When you book your appointment, it is more than likely you will need to have further investigations such as an MRI. Please keep in mind that it is not easy to book an MRI at short notice, and it could potentially take a week or two to arrange an MRI or other significant investigations. Consequently, if you feel this may be an issue for you, please ensure that you mention it to Dr Andrews’ team.
Q. Will I need an x-ray before my appointment?
A. This is a commonly asked question by many patients and the answer is typically yes, you will need an X-ray prior to your appointment with Dr Andrews and any subsequent appointments. You will be notified by Dr Andrews’ team if an X-ray is required on the day of your appointment. The radiology facility is located in the Brisbane Private Hospital and an appointment will be arranged for you by the team of Dr Andrews.
Q. What hospitals does Dr Andrews operate at?
A. Dr Andrews operates exclusively at the Brisbane Private Hospital.
Q. What days of the week does Dr Andrews operate on?
A. All day Wednesdays and all day Fridays at Brisbane Private Hospital.
Q. What time will I arrive for my scheduled surgery?
A. You will be provided with an admission time 2 days prior to your surgery. The hospital will coordinate with Dr Andrews rooms of the arrival and fasting times for your admission. You will be notified by the team of Dr Andrews in relation to your admission and fasting times. You may also receive a telephone call from the Brisbane Private Hospital admissions department to ask you some questions and confirm your admission for surgery.