Appointments

HURSTVILLE PRIVATE HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTRE

ST GEORGE PRIVATE HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTRE

MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY PRIVATE HOSPITAL CLINICAL CARE CENTRE

REQUEST A ONLINE APPPOINTMENT

For emergency: Please contact (02) 9579 3110 during normal office hours, St George Hospital Emergency department (02) 9113 1111 or your nearest emergency department after hours and on weekends.

Appointment information for patients:

What to bring to your appointment

All patients must have a referral to see Dr Cario. If you have already been to see us, your previous referral may cover your visit. A referral from a GP is valid for 12 months and a referral from a specialist is valid for 3 months.  If you are unsure whether you need a referral, please ask when you make the appointment whether your referral is valid. Please also bring any relevant scans with you.

Medicare and health fund cards

Please always bring your Medicare card and Private Health Fund card with you.

Payment

Payment is due at the time of consultation. When you make your appointment, the secretary will let you know what the consultation fee will be.

Appointment timing

We do our best to allow the necessary amount of time for each patient appointment and we aim to keep to time. Very occasionally, Dr Cario may be held up due to delay in morning surgeries, and sometimes a patient before you takes longer than expected to be seen. In this event, we try to contact patients to advise of possible appointment delays. Patients are most welcome to call a couple of hours before their appointment to check their appointment will occur at the scheduled time.

Follow-up Appointments:

Six-week follow-up appointments

Please bring ALL your scans, including your six-week post-op scans. You do not need a new referral if you are coming for your six-week post-operative check up.

Other follow-up appointments

When you contact us to make an appointment, you may be instructed to have new scans done. Please have them done and bring them to your appointment. Please bring a new referral from your GP, plus your Medicare and Health Fund Card.

After surgery Dr Cario will ask you to come back for a follow up appointment at 6 months, 2 years, 5 years and every five years after that.  It is important that you come back for these check-up appointments, even if you are perfectly happy.

Further follow up appointments may be advised after that.