Coronavirus and plastic surgery

Our Team

22 Apr 2022

Dr Nicholas Moncrieff Hunter Plastic Surgery

Update 22 April 2022

What can we offer?

We are currently able to offer the following services:

  • in-person surgical consultations 
  • our full range of breast and body surgeries
  • medical care including post operative wound management,
  • Renew Medispa injecting appointments - see below for more information

Please note all of these services are subject to change at short notice if required by NSW Health or local hospital guidelines.

Medispa appointments

For our Renew Medispa injecting clients we are currently taking booking for fully vaccinated clients only. We are not offering other skin treatments (such as laser or CoolSculpting) due to the maternity leave of our Dermal Therapist.

What will I need to do when I come in?

We ask that patients and visitors:

  • Use hand sanitiser
  • Confirm with our team they are not unwell 
  • Show proof of vaccination if required (scroll down for more information)

Who can't come to the clinic?

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 are unwell in any way, including with a sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell or cough.

Can I bring others to my appointment?

As a general rule, no.

We understand a support person may wish to attend during the initial appointment with Dr Moncrieff which can be accommodated - please contact us in advance to confirm this is possible. 

But for all other appointments, including post operative visits, 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.

Video consultations

In-person surgical consultations are best for anyone considering surgery. They allow much better assessment of your concerns and what is possible with surgery, so they are our default way of starting the process.

For women who live over 5 hours drive away, we are able to offer your initial appointment with our Practice Manager over video, supported by photos emailed in advance.  An in-person consultation with our surgeons will still be required before booking surgery.

Our current waiting times

The current wait time for a consultation with Dr Moncrieff is around 3 months, although a Vectra 3D simulation can fast track the process (see more below).

All consultations with Dr Moncrieff will be at the normal rate of $350, 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.

For women booking consultations now it is reasonable to expect a surgical date after your consultation for breast surgery to be within 2-4 months and larger tummy and body surgery to be over 4 months away. However, this can change quickly depending on theatre availability and if there is an urgent need for surgery. 

Please see our article about waiting times for consultations and surgery and what you can do to ensure you are ready for the journey. Click here.

What about Vectra 3D simulations for breast surgery?

This service is for women considering breast surgery. These appointments with our Practice Manager are only $100 and the cost is taken off Dr Moncrieff or Dr French's consultation fee if you book an appointment with them 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 our surgeons' fast track appointments if you are keen for surgery in the coming months. Currently this means you can see Dr Moncrieff within 6 weeks, rather than the 12+ weeks for those who don't have a Vectra first. Surgery is then booked 8-16 weeks ahead.

Covid-19 testing before surgery

At our hospitals, upcoming patients may be required to have a Covid-19 test before surgery. If a PCR is not possible, please allow additional time for a rapid antigen at the hospital.

Patients who test positive to Covid

For upcoming patients who test positive, generally surgery can proceed after 14 days, however for larger surgery such as mummy makeovers, we will need to confirm with the anaesthetist.

The key is to advise us as soon as possible and we require a positive PCR result (either their own or household contacts who have tested positive) to allow rescheduling.

Note that given current demand and limitations on hospital capacity, a new date may be several months away.

Vaccination policy

We encourage members of the community, including upcoming patients, to be vaccinated and boosted where eligible. The entire team at Hunter Plastic Surgery is fully vaccinated.

All Renew Medispa injecting clients will continue to need proof of double vaccination.

Our surgical patients travelling more than 50kms for surgery must be fully vaccinated. This is because recovering from surgery and travelling is challenging enough, but if you were to experience serious Covid symptoms at the same time, it could be even more difficult.

Vaccinations for local patients is not currently mandatory, but that could change at short notice if Covid-19 cases increase. To reduce the chance of your surgery being cancelled at short notice, we recommend being fully vaccinated as soon as possible and we ask that you provide evidence of vaccination for your medical record.

NSW Health recommends patients have a minimum of 7 days before or after a procedure with us and a vaccination.

Ideally there should be 3 weeks between a vaccination and a procedure, but please don't delay vaccination as long as there is at least the recommended 7 day minimum. 

These time guidelines are due to the fact vaccination can cause mild side effects such as fever or lethargy (especially on the second dose). If this is identified before a procedure, it may have to be cancelled. And if after a procedure, it may make recovery more difficult.

And the same guidelines apply to having the seasonal flu vaccination.

Contact us 

Our normal clinic hours are 8.45am-5pm Monday to Friday. You can call the lovely team on 02 4920 7700 or send us a message via the contact form below.

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