Are you a new patient to Mcleod St Medical?

Please download and complete the new patient information form prior to your first appointment.

Fees and policies

Fees and billing policy

The doctors practicing at McLeod Street Medical bill privately and generally do not bulk bill.  Over the years Medicare rebates have failed to increase sufficiently to cover the increasing costs associated with providing quality, sustainable health care. Exceptions to this relate to Department of Veteran Affairs gold card holders and white card holders for specified conditions. The Australian Medical Association fee structure forms the basis of the doctors billing policy.

Consultation Fees

Standard Consultation (Level B) up to 15 minutes           $ 84.00
Long Consultation (Level C) up to 30 minutes                  $ 154.00
Extended Consultation (Level D) – Up to 45 minutes      $ 235.00

Telephone consultation fees are comparable to the fees above however you will only be able to claim a Medicare rebate if the patient has had a face-to-face consultation in the practice within the last 12 months.

Other Fees

There may be times where your care will attract charges that are additional to the consultation fee.

Procedures such as Mirena and Implanon insertion or removal, skin excisions, baby tongue tie division, iron infusions or additional tests are charged separately to the consultation fee.

Consumables

Consumables are disposable items that your doctor may use for your treatment and include items such as dressings, infusion kits and pregnancy tests.

Consumable items include, but are not limited to:

  • Dressings – $10-$35
  • Facility Fee – $50–e.g., for iron infusions or certain procedures
  • Pregnancy Tests – $18

Where applicable, these costs are GST inclusive.

Appointment Information

Our Goal

To help provide comprehensive primary care with minimal waiting times we encourage you to discuss your needs with your doctor or our staff.

Your contribution

We respect your time and try hard to keep to schedule, however to do this we need your help. It is important that you book an appointment length to match the complexity of the issue. Please think about what you hope to achieve, what issues your doctor might need to cover and any complicating factors.
If you have more than one issue to discuss, please book a long appointment. If you need to discuss mental health issues, we also recommend a long appointment.

How to choose your appointment length

The following guidelines will help you to make your appointment:

First visit as a new patientUsually 15 minutes with a nurse followed by 30 minutes with your G.P. Please call to schedule.
Antenatal check15-30 minutes (30 minutes if this is your first pregnancy or if you have several questions).
Health AssessmentsThese are available for 45–49-year-olds and those over 75 years of age. We recommend you see your doctor first to confirm eligibility.
Childhood check and immunisation’sUsually 15 minutes with your GP followed by 15 minutes with the nurse. Please call to schedule.
Mirena insertion/removalMust be discussed with your GP prior to scheduling an appointment for insertion. The procedure usually takes 30 minutes. Removal is straight forward and can be performed in a standard consultation.
List of various concerns15 minutes if short (1-2 items).

30 minutes if long (up to 4 items). It is unlikely that your doctor will be able to address more than 4 items in a single appointment.

Chronic Disease Review & Care PlansThese will require 30 minutes and must be booked with reception.
Mental HealthThere are various and often changing Medicare funded options to assist with the out-of-pocket costs of mental health care in the community. You will need to have your eligibility checked for a Mental Health Care Plan or a care plan review, therefore you often may need to see your G.P first and return for a plan to be performed.
“I just need a script”15 minutes if longer than 6 months since your last review or if you have other issues for review.
Referrals15 minutes for a condition that has been reviewed recently or longer if it has been over 6 months since your last review and you have other issues to discuss.
Follow up for results or symptoms15 minutes.
Driver’s LicenseThese require a 15-minute appointment with our nurse followed by a 15-minute appointment with a G.P. Please book through reception.

On-line bookings

Most appointments can be made online.  Go to www.hotdoc.com.au or download the App from your App store.  Please ensure that your email and mobile phone details are up to date.

Tips

  • Consider the issues of concern and book enough time to cover everything
  • Bring a list if you have more than one concern
  • If you think you may need to be seen sooner, please discuss this with our receptionists
  • Notify us as soon as possible if you cannot keep your appointment
  • Be prepared to participate in planning your health management
  • Be willing to follow through with the plan and arrange follow-up as necessary
  • Make sure you understand the results of any tests you have had
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Repeat Scripts

All scripts are issued at the doctor’s discretion, and they reserve the right to refuse script requests.

Referrals

Please make an appointment to discuss referrals with your GP. If you have misplaced an existing referral, please call reception and arrangements can be made to re-issue these. We suggest that when you are given an investigation request, such as for imaging or blood tests, that you take a photo of this with your mobile phone as these requests cannot be re-printed.

Results

Your doctor will advise you when to expect investigation results, however the general time frames are usually two-seven days for blood tests, up to ten days for cervical screening tests and histology and 24 to 48 hours for imaging reports.  Our nurses will contact you if your doctor wishes to discuss these with you or if further action is needed.  If you have any concerns in relation to your results, please call the nurses between 2pm and 4pm for further information. If you wish to discuss your results with your doctor, an appointment is necessary.

If you require more detailed information than our nursing staff can provide, please make an appointment with your GP.

Our receptionists are not trained clinicians and do not have access to your results.

Transfer of Records

If you request a copy of your medical records, we will ask you to sign an authority for release.  You may then provide us with a USB, and we will transfer a copy of your file for a charge of $22.00.  If you would like a printed copy our fee is $22.00 plus 10c per page.

After Hours Care

After Hours Care

You can access a doctor after hours by calling 0438 521 583.  The fee is $190 prior to 11pm and $220 after 11pm or weekends.  In accessing this service, you agree to incur the associated costs.

Home Visits

Home visits are available for regular patients of this practice whose condition prevents them from attending the surgery and where an existing relationship exists with your G.P. If you feel you need a home visit, please contact us to discuss the issue.

Reminder System

We are committed to preventative care and may send you a reminder offering health services appropriate to your care. We use a Secure Mobile Notification (SMN) that delivers the reminder to your mobile phone. If you do not wish to participate, please let your doctor or the reception staff know.

In some instances, we may transfer medical information to national registers, such as the Australian Immunisation Register, the National Cervical Screening Register, and the National Bowel Cancer Screening register to improve care.

Interpreter Service

All doctors within the practice are registered with the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) for onsite and telephone services.  Additionally, we offer a local Japanese interpreting service through Ms Akemi Fukatsu.

TIS        1300 131 450

Akemi   0423 762 772

Australian Sign Language   1800 246 945

Feedback

We welcome feedback as a path to improving the care provided to you and your family.  Your doctor, the practice management team, and staff are open to suggestions and to hearing about your concerns so please feel free to talk to them.  If you are more comfortable expressing your concerns in writing, please email the management team through admin@mcleodstmed.com.au.  We take your concerns seriously and will do our best to address the issue in a timely manner.

If you feel your complaint has not been resolved satisfactorily you can contact the formal complaints body for Queensland through:

Office of the Health Ombudsman
PO BOX 13281
GEORGE STREET
BRISBANE QLD 4003
Ph 1800 077 308
www.hqcc.qld.gov.au

Personal Health Information

As a patient at McLeod Street Medical you will need to provide us with your personal details and a full medical history so that your doctor can properly assess, diagnose, treat and be proactive in your health care needs. We have safeguards in place to protect the privacy and secure storage of your health information.

We require your consent to collect personal information about you and to use the information you provide in the following ways.

  • Administrative purposes in running our medical practice.
  • Billing purposes, including compliance with Medicare and Health Insurance Commission requirements.
  • Disclosure to others involved in your healthcare including treating doctors and specialists outside this medical practice. This may occur though referral to other doctors, or for medical tests and in the reports or results returned to us following referrals.
  • Disclosure to other doctors in the practice, locums etc. attached to the practice for the purpose of patient care and teaching.
  • For research and quality assurance activities to improve individual and community health care and practice management.  Usually, information that does not identify you is used but should information that will identify you be required you will be informed and given the opportunity to “opt out” of any involvement.
  • To comply with any legislative or regulatory requirements e.g., notifiable diseases.
  • For reminder letters which may be sent to you regarding your health care and management.
  • You can decline to have your health information used in all or some of the ways outlined above but it may influence our ability to manage your health care to provide the best outcome for you.

Privacy

Your medical record is a confidential document. It is the policy of this practice to always maintain security of personal health information and to ensure that this information is only available to the doctors and other authorised members of staff. Our commitment to your privacy means the reception staff are unable to provide you with detailed information in relation to your results or other information contained within your personal health record.

Disclaimer
In complying with the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000, McLeod Street Medical provides advice to users of our website about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.  The aim of this advice is to inform users of this site about:

  • What personal information is being collected
  • Who is collecting personal information
  • How personal information is being used
  • Access to personal information collected on this site
  • Security of personal information collected on this site.

The practice privacy policy is posted on the website and available for download.
The website is continually monitored to ensure it is kept current and up to date.

This practice does not endorse any advertised services or products. Advertising must comply with the MBA Code of Conduct on advertising available at http://goodmedicalpractice.org.au/

Privacy Policy 2015

Read more about us

Established in 1992 McLeod Street Medical is a fully AGPAL accredited medical practice with doctors, nurses and support staff committed to your on-going and preventive health care.

Situated at 67 McLeod Street Cairns, we are centrally located with ample parking and wheelchair access.

Opening Hours

Monday8:00am—5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am—5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am—5:00pm
Thursday8:00am—5:00pm
Friday8:00am—5:00pm
Saturday8:30am—11:00am
SundayClosed

Facilities

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Onsite Pathology
  • Onsite Pharmacy
  • Radiology Nearby
  • Eftpos and Credit card payment facilities