Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring for my first appointment?
For your first consultation you should bring your referral from your GP or referring doctor, any x-rays or imaging of the chest in your possession and any recent test results that are available to you.
It will save some time if you could DOWNLOAD THE ATTACHED INFORMATION SHEET, complete it, and bring it in with you for your first visit. If you have been referred for lung function tests then you should NOT take any Ventolin or Bricanyl inhalers for four hours before the time of your appointment and you should NOT take any other inhalers on the day of your appointment.
If you have been referred for skin allergy tests you should NOT take any antihistamine tablets for the week before your appointment.
How long will the appointment take?
Your first consultation will last approximately one hour and subsequent consultations will be approximately 20 minutes.
Should I confirm my appointment?
We ask all new patients to confirm your appointment 24 hours before by calling the office on 02 8382 6776.
How do I pay for my consultation?
You will be expected to pay for your consultation on the day of your appointment. This can be done by cash, EFTPOS, Visa or Mastercard.
How much will it cost?
There will generally only be a small fee in addition to the Medicare charge.
Is bulk billing available?
Yes. Patients who are on a Pension or are unemployed will be automatically bulk billed. DVA patients are welcome. DVA will cover the entire cost of the consultation and, if needed, transport can be arranged. For patients who have had substantial recent medical expenses we are happy to discuss an agreeable fee.
How do I get there and can I park?
Full details about parking and transport can be found St Vincent’s Clinic WEBSITE.
There is parking in the St Vincent’s Clinic which costs $4 per half hour. Street parking is available in the vicinity but is limited and has a one hour limit. The nearest train station is King’s Cross. This is approximately 1 km from St Vincent’s Clinic. It is a relatively level walk. There is a bus service immediately outside the Clinic in Oxford Street to Museum, St James or Central Railway Stations.
Will I have to walk up stairs to get to the office?
There are no stairs at The Clinic. There is a lift to take you from the front entrance or the car park directly to level 7.
If I am disabled is there special access available?
Cars can be driven right to the front door of the clinic and can remain there while patients get out. If you need a wheelchair these are available from reception which is found immediately inside the entrance to The Clinic on your left as you enter.
Will oxygen be available for me if I require it?
Yes. Oxygen is available in our office for those who require it to relieve their breathlessness.
Is there a place for me to wait if I have another appointment or if I need to wait for someone to collect me?
Yes. There are ample waiting areas on each floor of The Clinic as well as near the front entrance where the reception staff will be pleased to help you with any enquiries.
Is food and drink available in the clinic?
Yes. There is a café in the ground floor level where you can purchase hot and cold drinks, snacks, meals, magazines and newspapers.
If I need medication can I purchase this in the clinic?
Yes. There is a pharmacy open during business hours.
What do I do if I need to remain in Sydney for further tests?
There is a LIST OF ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE on the St Vincent's Clinic website.
What should I do if I have diffculty reaching the office telephone number?