Update 29 May
Great news - we are now back to offering all of our normal breast and body procedures, with a government mandated limit of 75% of normal patient numbers (until 30 June).
We have prioritised those patients who had surgery cancelled due to the corona close downs, but we also have to take into consideration other guidelines including age and health issues of prospective patients and the availability of hospital operating time.
If you have seen Dr Moncrieff for a consultation and not yet booked surgery, please call 4920 700 to secure an operating date.
For those we have not met yet, if you are sure you want surgery in 2020, now is the time to book your $50 Vectra breast surgery simulation or consultation with Dr Moncrieff as we are now booking 2-4 months after your appointment!
We are delighted to announce that we are back... with a 'new normal' in our clinic.
The federal government has officially announced the resumption of elective surgery. This will allow 50%, 75% and 100% of normal operating to resume over time according to the strategy outlined by the Prime Minister linked here. We now await the state government's announcement of exactly how this will work in NSW (hopefully in the coming week).
This means from Monday 18 May, we will be back in the clinic full-time and providing most of our services as normal, with a few tweaks!
What does this mean for surgical consultations?
Our preference is always to have surgical consultations in person. While video appointments have been valuable during the peak Covid-19 period, it is better to meet Dr Moncrieff in person, talk to him about your goals and for him to be able to make a plan to achieve those goals after an in-person examination. This also allows our Practice Manager to provide an accurate quote for your surgery.
However, we will continue to offer video consultations to patients who live over 2 hours away or for other special needs.
All consultations will be at the normal rate of $250, with a Medicare rebate only available for in-clinic appointments where a GP or specialist;s referral is presented. Video consultations do not qualify for a Medicare rebate.
What about Vectra 3D simulations for breast surgery?
We are also offering this service again for women considering breast enhancement, lifts or reductions. These appointments with our Practice Manager are only $50 and can be booked online here.
The cost is taken off Dr Moncrieff's consultation fee if you book an appointment with him after your Vectra simulation.
Vectra appointments not only give you the opportunity to see what breast surgery might look like on your own body, they also give you the chance to talk to our Practice Manager about costs, possible fund rebates and the process for booking surgery. They also mean you can access Dr Moncrieff's fast track appointments if you are keen for surgery in the coming months.
When can I have surgery?
In recent weeks we have only been permitted to perform a small number of breast reductions and implant removals due to government restrictions.
As those restrictions are relaxed, we will have to see what procedures we are permitted to perform, and how much operating theatre time we are granted.
As we had to postpone surgery for over 100 women due to the restrictions, we have prioritised them for surgery in the coming weeks and months and will work to contact them to offer new dates once we we have more clarity on the government's new rules.
For women booking consultations now it is reasonable to expect a surgical date for breast surgery to be within 2-3 months and larger tummy and body surgery to be over 3 months away. However, this can change quickly depending on theatre availability and if there is an urgent need for surgery.
What about cosmetic injections?
We are able to now offer both returning and new patients cosmetic injectables with our Nurse, Melissa Sestan, under the supervision of Dr Moncrieff. Returning patients can book online here and new patients can call 02 4920 7700.
What precautions are being taken in the clinic?
There is definitely a 'new normal' throughout our community, and our clinic is no exception.
We will continue with measures to limit risk including asking all visitors to use hand sanitiser upon entry, regular disinfecting of surfaces, spacing of our reception area and use of masks as appropriate.
To ensure your own safety and that of our other patients and team, we ask that you do NOT come to our clinic:
- If you have been overseas or in Victoria in the last 14 days
- If you have had contact with someone who is unwell, has confirmed coronavirus or is confined due to possible coronavirus
- If you are unwell in any way, including with a sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell or cough.
- We also ask that you download the CovidSafe app and have it running in the background during your visit. Our entire team have the app and if all our visitors do too, we are protecting each other.
Can I bring others to my appointment?
As a general rule, we ask that you avoid bringing others to your appointment.
We understand a support person may wish to attend during the initial appointment with Dr Moncrieff which can be accommodated.
But for post operative appointments, if you can be dropped off while your support person waits for you in the foyer of the building downstairs or the car, it would be appreciated.
In term of children, our workplace safety requirements mean that we can not have children under 12 attend the clinic, so please do not bring them to your appointment.
What about other non-surgical services?
We are able to offer limited CoolSculpting consultations and treatment sessions. We are still laser, Dermapen and peels. But we continue to offer skin care advice and products in the clinic and you can also purchase products online here.
We are back to normal clinic hours of 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. You can call the lovely team on 02 4920 7700 or send us a message via the contact form below.