Online Bookings Phone 03 9699 4333
For appointments please contact our reception staff on 9699 4333.
Please inform our reception staff if your current contact details have changed so that your information in our system can be updated. This includes phone number, address, Medicare card details, Pension card details, next of kin and any other relevant information.
We encourage patients to identify their cultural status to us so that we can do our best to offer any specialised services available, particularly as part of The Closing Gap Health Initiative in Australian Health Policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Language and Interpreter Services
If English is not your preferred language or you are deaf, you may require an interpreter. Please advise the receptionist at the time of making your appointment if an interpreter is required, your preferred language and dialect, or for deaf patients whether an Auslan sign interpreter is required.
Your doctor is obligated to review patients with abnormal test results or if further assessment is recommended. Even patients with normal test results may need a follow up consultation in order to assess the medical problem further, particularly if it has not resolved. If you receive notification to attend for a recall visit, please contact our reception staff to book an appointment with your doctor.
If your symptoms are not settling or if they are worsening, it is recommended that you make another appointment to see the doctor.
Electronic Scripts and Pathology Referrals
During telehealth consultations, the doctor may send you email pathology referrals or ePrescriptions by SMS. Please make sure that we have your updated contact details so these can be transmitted correctly when this service is needed.
In order to discuss your results it is recommended that you make an appointment with the doctor. Results are not provided by phone. Most tests are available within two to five working days, unless advised otherwise.
Prescriptions, Certificates and Referrals
An appointment with your doctor is required in order to issue a prescription or perform a certificate or a referral.
The practice is committed to preventative care. We ask your permission for you to be included in our reminder system. As part of this reminder system, you will receive reminders for pap smears, immunisations, blood pressure checks, skin cancer checks and health assessments if they are recommended by your doctor. If you do not want to be part of this system, please advise the doctor or the receptionist.
SMS Appointment Reminders
Our practice software sends out automatic SMS text reminder messages to patient’s mobile phones the day before a scheduled appointment. If you do not want to be part of this system, please advise our receptionists.
Our doctors prefer not to be interrupted during consultations, except for emergencies. The receptionist will take a message from you and relay them to your doctor when they are available. It is recommended that for medical matters that are of concern to patients that an appointment is made with the doctor in order to assess and manage the condition appropriately.
Change of Address or Custody
Changes in you address or contact details should be provided to our receptionist when attending the practice. It is requested that if there are any changes in child custody arrangements that court documentation is provided to the doctor at the time of the consultation.
Our practice uses a computerised medical record system to record your personal information and medical information, and has engaged a dedicated IT provider to maintain our computer systems. The practice has installed a 24 hour security system to ensure the security of the premises.
This practice submits patient data to various disease specific registers (cervical, breast, and bowel screening registers) to assist with preventative health management with patient consent.
Medical records are the property of the practice. Patients have the right to access their medical records under the Privacy Act 1988 and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic). Only written requests on the appropriate practice form for access to medical records will be accepted.
Zero-Tolerance Towards Violence Policy
The clinic has a zero-tolerance policy towards violence and aggressive behaviour. Verbal and physical aggression towards our staff will not be tolerated. Where a patient or carer displays aggression or violence, our general practitioners have the right to discontinue the care and our staff have the right to ask those involved to leave the clinic. The staff also have the right to activate our duress system and ask for the police to attend if they feel threatened.
Despite our best intentions, complaints may arise. Our practice deals with complaints in a courteous and understanding manner. Patient satisfaction affects health outcomes and our practice acknowledges that patient complaints are an important source of customer feedback. We welcome your suggestion on how we can improve the practice, so please feel free to speak to the practice manager or receptionist. If there are more serious complaints, it is preferable to write to the practice manager outlining the problem. If there is a need to make a formal complaint, please contact the Health Care Complaints Commission's inquiry service toll free 1800 136 066.
Quality Improvement Activities and Initiative
The practice engages in quality improvement activities in several ways, and we update our practice policy and procedures in line with the guidelines provided by professional organisations and from suggestions provided by patients.
In particular the practice seeks and responds to patient feedback on their experience of the practice to support quality improvement activities. We have a suggestion box at reception for patients to confidentially provide feedback. The practice offers an anonymous online customer satisfaction survey to patients who have attended the clinic that day to provide feedback about their experience and to seek suggestions to improve the quality of the service. The practice also uses anonymous paper based patient questionnaires on occasion in order to get patient feedback. Patients are also encouraged to provide their doctor and our reception staff face to face feedback during their visit. Patients are also encouraged to provide their doctor and our reception staff face to face feedback during their visit.
The practice has instituted several changes that have improved the service we provide to patients including: