A Geriatrician is a medical doctor who is specifically trained to manage and prevent multiple health concerns of older adults, aged 65 and over. As Geriatricians, we are very sensitive to the needs of the elderly, striving to maintain function and independence.
Your GP or specialist will normally assess the need for a Geriatric review and will send us a referral. If you have specific concerns, please make these known to your doctor.
We encourage you to bring your carer, family member or friend with you. That allows us to get a more detailed collateral history and address specific concerns. Distant relatives can join the consultation via phone conference.
The consultation usually lasts approximately an hour. During the consultation we will go through the following,
All patients are currently bulk billed.
We can assess your driving fitness during the consultation but we don't specifically do so, unless your GP or carer have specific concerns. Remember that driving requires good visual, physical and mental dexterity to operate a vehicle safely. A diagnosis of dementia, especially in the early stages, does not mean that the driving license is automatically revoked. In certain cases an on-road driving test with an occupational therapist is required.
We send a Comprehensive Medical Report to your GP within 24 hours of the consultation, usually the same day as the consultation.