Clinic Appointments

Dr Elliot has clinics in Kogarah, Sydney at St George Hospital and Southern Paediatrics.

Southern Paediatrics

Dr Elliot is moving from Hurstville on February 6th 2020. The Hurstville rooms are being closed and Dr Elliot is pleased to be joining the practice at Southern Paediatrics.

Suite 307, 13A Montgomery Street
Kogarah NSW 2217
Phone: 9588 9888

Telehealth Appointments

Dr Elliot will be only be offering telehealth appointments for all patients. This is to ensure your safety so that you do not need to leave home, as well as for the safety of others and our clinic staff. There will be the option to come to the rooms to be examined if necessary – but this will only be offered after a telehealth consultation with Dr Elliot and at his discretion.

Dr Elliot is using Microsoft Teams for all telehealth. This is a very secure platform. You do not need an account to join – a computer or smartphone is sufficient. If you do not wish to use Teams for any reason Dr Elliot is happy to speak via the phone.

This is a new service so please bear with us while we all get used to it.

If payment is required for the appointment this will be via credit card over the phone at the end of the telehealth session. Bulk billing will be available for some appointments. For others there will be a gap fee, however no patient will be more out of pocket than usual. Where Medicare rebates are not available Dr Elliot will waive the Medicare fee at his own expense.

Instructions for Microsoft Teams

You will be emailed a “Join Microsoft Teams Meeting” link. Clicking this will take you into the meeting (laptop) or to the Teams App (mobile phone).

If you are using a laptop, please make sure your browser is up to date.  We recommend Google Chrome – click here to download.

If you are using a mobile phone please download the Teams App before the appointment. Here’s a link to the app: Apple | Android

A few important tips:

  1.  You do not need an account in Teams to access the appointment.  When you click through the link just hit “join” and you will enter the meeting
  2. Please set up your device somewhere stable (rather than holding it in your hand)
  3. I would like to see as many people as possible on the call – even if it’s not all at the same time
  4. Using headphones is a much better experience in terms of audio, however if there is more than one person that may not be possible.
  5. If you are having any trouble connecting please just wait and I will call you on your phone.

Thank you!

What to Bring

You don’t need to bring anything to your appointment, however these things will help make the most of the clinic time:

  • Your Child’s Blue Book
  • Allied Health reports (such as speech pathology, physiotherapy or occupational therapy)
  • A letter from daycare or school about your child’s strengths and any areas of concern
  • Hearing test results
  • Blood test results
  • Both parents, especially if there are behaviour or development concerns.

If you are waiting for an Appointment

At times there is a waitlist for an appointment.  During this time, please discuss with your GP whether or not the following may be useful for your child:

  • Hearing test
  • Visual acuity check (start with a local optometrist, which is usually bulk-billed)
  • Speech pathology and/or Occupational therapy assessment
    • An assessment takes 1-5 sessions and ends with a written report which you can bring to your appointment.  
    • Your GP may be able to provide you with a Medicare rebate plan for the assessment, depending on your child’s needs.
  • Referral to community speech pathology and/or occupational therapy
    • There are free community services in all areas.  The referral pathway will depend on where you live, and there is usually a wait list so it can be useful to be referred early if there are speech, language or functional concerns.

Appointment Bookings

A standard initial consultation is booked for 60 minutes and follow-up visits are 30 minutes.

A behaviour or developmental assessment happens over 3 visits.   The first visit is booked for 90 minutes.   The extra time ensures that by the end of the first visit there has been the opportunity to:

  • Discuss your child’s strengths as well as any areas of concern.
  • Review previous reports, letters or assessments.
  • Use and explain the results of any assessment tools needed in clinic
  • Discuss and prioritise your goals
  • Combine your goals and understanding of your child with Dr Elliot’s assessment and recommendations to:
  • Make a plan that you feel confident in.  

The second and third visits will be to look at particular areas more closely, review progress towards your goals, or after Dr Elliot has spoken (with your permission) to other providers looking after your child’s health, education or other needs.

Fees

If you see Dr Elliot in his private rooms there will be a cost on the day.  The fee varies depending on the complexity and duration of the consultation. You will be given an estimate of the fee before you make your booking.  You will be able to claim a Medicare rebate at every visit, and in some cases we can process them for you on the day. Please be aware that the NDIS does not pay for doctors appointments.

St George Hospital Public Clinic

There are public clinics (also known as bulk-billed, no-gap clinics) at many local public hospitals. You almost always will need to live in the local area to be eligible to be seen in the public clinic (except for the Children’s Hospitals).

You will most likely be seen by a senior trainee doctor who will be supervised by a hospital paediatrician.  At St George Hospital children are offered the next available appointment and cannot choose which paediatrician they see.

Visit www.littledragoncares.org for further information on St George Hospital clinics.