What do I need to bring for my appointment?
You will need to bring: your referral, any scans (i.e. x-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds or MRIs) concerning the affected area and any relevant information from previous doctors or allied health professionals.
Why do I need a referral?
You will need to bring a current referral to enable your consultation fee to be claimed through Medicare. This is a strict requirement of Medicare and consequently your health fund or insurer.
Medicare specifies that a referral from a General Practitioner covers your visits for 12 months and a referral from a specialist doctor lasts for 3 months.
A referral is also essential for Dr Melsom as it provides important details about your present problem as well as important information regarding your medical history.
Do I need surgery?
You will need to see Dr Melsom for an initial consultation before surgery can be organised. Should Dr Melsom advise you during your consultation that you will need surgery, a date for surgery can be given to you at the time of your consultation and a quote will be sent to you in the mail.
Do I need an x-ray prior my appointment?
Many people ask whether they need an x-ray prior to their follow up appointment. As a general rule, if you have had a fracture that is being treated either by surgery or by immobilisation an x-ray is helpful in monitoring your progress. If you have a shoulder condition other than arthritis, you will usually require an MRI scan be performed prior to your appointment. Our staff will go over these questions with you on booking your appointment.
What hospitals does Dr Melsom operate at?
Dr Melsom operates at the Wesley Private Hospital, St Andrews Private Hospital in Ipswich, and the Mater Private Hospital in Springfield.
How do I know what time to arrive for surgery?
Our staff will confirm your surgery times and fasting deals 1-2 day prior to your surgery.
How long will my Day Surgery operation take?
Most day surgery patients are advised to expect to spend about half a day at the hospital.
Are there risks involved with having surgery?
All surgical procedures have risks. While your surgeon makes every attempt to minimise risks, complications can occur. Dr Melsom will always outline possible side effects or complications of a surgical procedure. It is important that you have enough information about possible complications to fully weigh up the benefits and risks of surgery. For more information about a particular condition or procedure, please refer to the patient information section of this website.