What is a consultation?
A consultation is a face-to-face appointment with your cardiologist and their team at a GenesisCare centre. This is an important part of your health care; providing the opportunity to meet your specialist and ask any questions you may have.
A valid letter of referral from a doctor such as your GP is required before attending for a consultation. If your GP has referred you to us, they have requested specialist care or advice regarding your heart’s health.
New patient consultations may take up to 40 minutes while review consultations are approximately 15 minutes.
During the consultation, your cardiologist and their team will conduct a thorough assessment by asking questions about your health history, family history and your lifestyle.
If you have been asked to have tests performed prior to your consultation, the results will likely be discussed with you. Your cardiologist will also advise if further tests or procedures are recommended and will talk about these options with you. After your consultation, our cardiologist will prepare a full report which is provided to your referring doctor. This includes your test results and findings along with any treatment recommendations. It is natural to be nervous before to your consultation, however our staff and cardiologists are very friendly and are here to help you. Our cardiologists are experts in their field and are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for all patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Arrive at the GenesisCare centre and check in with reception staff
- You may be required to have routine assessments or be requested to complete further paperwork
- Your appointment will begin with the cardiologist or a member of their team in a private consultation room
- Once your consultation is complete, you will go back to reception to finalise your appointment and arrange any further investigations or follow ups
Patients can enquire about the cost of their consultation when making an appointment. Fees are often partially covered by Medicare. Please visit the payments page for more information.
- Before the appointment, make a list of questions that you may have for your specialist, and bring them with you to your appointment
- You may wish to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointment
- Try to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment
- Switch off your mobile phone during the appointment
- If you have any questions during the appointment, please feel free to ask. Our staff are also available to assist you