Question and Answers
Our major focus is on pregnancy care but we also offer a range of gynaecological services.
Our obstetric services include pre-pregnancy counselling, management of early pregnancy problems, antenatal care, labour and postpartum care.
Our gynaecological services include Pap smears, colposcopy, contraception, management of menstrual disorders, menorrhagia, menopause, incontinence, diagnostic and minor laparoscopic procedures.
For whatever reason, some ladies don’t want to continue a pregnancy. This is often a very hard decision. We offer a caring, non-judgmental counselling and termination service.
We take time to listen to your needs, provide information and answer your questions. Some ladies have complex medical problems before and during pregnancy. In short, we talk to you, we don’t do “5 minute” medicine. Some ladies have preconceived ideas about what they need e.g. “I need a hysterectomy” when in fact that’s not the best solution for their problem. The Illawarra has a higher than average rate of hysterectomy. No woman should have a gynaecologist agree to major surgery of this sort within 5-10 minutes of meeting their gynaecologist. If you have this experience, seek another opinion. We always offer a range of solutions. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and this is true in surgery too. We are happy to recommend the best surgeons for your particular condition.
For PRIVATE patients we deliver and operate exclusively within the Wollongong Private Hospital. Our Specialist Centre is conveniently co-located with the birthing unit, maternity ward, Pathology, Pharmacy and Ultrasound services.
PUBLIC patients can be seen in rooms for antenatal care but must deliver in the public health system under the care of the on-call Staff Specialist
Our normal hours of operation are:
Monday to Friday 0800-2030
Alternate Saturdays 0900-1230
Life is busy and as busy professionals we appreciate how difficult it can be to access medical care during normal working hours. If you need an appointment outside of the above working hours please contact us to discuss a mutually convenient time.
For the first consultation please bring your GPs referral, Medicare Card and details of private health fund insurance. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete any administration. We prefer payment via card or electronic transfer at the time of consultation.
Typically, an initial appointment goes for 45 minutes. This is so we can comprehensively analyse your health needs e.g. some ladies present with heavy menstrual bleeding and have been too embarrassed to talk to someone about their leaky bladder. We take a holistic approach.
Subsequent appointments are typically 20-30 minutes depending on whether or not a procedure e.g. Pap smear and colposcopy are required or your problem.
Bulk billed public patients are welcome to have their antenatal care in our private rooms but must deliver in the public system under the care of the on-call Staff Specialist