Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you don't find the answer you're looking for please contact us.

Do I need a referral?

Medicare requires that you have a referral from your GP in order for you to be eligible for a rebate for your consultation.

A referral letter also assists with your consultation with regard to your history and symptoms.

How much will my consultation cost?

An initial consultation for a new problem is $220 to be paid in full on the day.

A review consultation is $110, to be paid in full on the day.

There is no fee for consultations and dressings in the six weeks after surgery.

Can I claim part of the consultation fee?

You can receive a rebate for your consultation fee from Medicare. We can organise the claim for you. Private health insurance does not offer rebates for consultations or out of hospital surgical treatments.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

  • A referral letter from your GP
  • Medicare Card.
  • Private health insurance membership number if you have insurance.
  • TAC claim number, if related to a road traffic accident.
  • Employer details and Workcover claim number if related to a workplace injury.
  • Xrays, ultrasounds, CT, MRI, and other test results.
  • List of current medications and any allergies.
  • Money or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, EFTPOS, only, our machine does not accept AMEX cards) to pay for your consultation.

Which hospital is surgery performed at?

A/Prof Ferris performs surgery at two locations. The location suitable for any surgery you may need will be discussed at your consultation..

The majority of surgeries are performed at St Vincent’s Private East Melbourne, with others performed at the Alfred Hospital in Prahran.

Are my medical records confidential?

Our staff adheres strictly to Australia’s privacy and confidentiality laws. View our Privacy Statement here.

Will A/Prof Ferris operate on me at the first consultation?

Surgery is sometimes appropriate on the same day as your consultation. A/Prof Ferris will fully assess you before this can be determined. If it is clinically necessary and adequate time is available, surgery may be performed on the day. Commonly patients will finish their consultation by booking a future time for their definitive treatment at the appropriate facility. All patients are treated in the appropriate timeframe for their particular surgical problem.

Where do I park when I come for my consultation if I am driving?

The streets surrounding 166 Gipps Street provide one parking option.

Gipps, Clarendon, Hotham and Powlett streets all have short-term parking spots available, some with ticket meters.

St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne also has a multi-level carpark behind us in Grey Street, which offers paid parking based on hourly rates.

Our Location Suite 50/166 Gipps St, East Melbourne VIC 3002 Click for map

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