Arranging an appointment:
You will need a referral from your local doctor or another specialist to see Dr Boothroyd. This doctor should not be a member of your immediate family. A referral from a general practitioner will be current for 12 months from the date of the first appointment unless otherwise stated. A referral from another specialist will be current for 3 months from the date of the first appointment. You will be asked to send this referral into the practice by post or fax. Following this you will be contacted with an appointment time. If the appointment time is not suitable we ask you to telephone the practice to arrange a convenient time. We ask that you give at least five working days notice for a cancellation of a first appointment. This is because of the length of time allocated to a first appointment and the need to keep the waiting list of new patients as short as possible. If you are not able to give sufficient notice of cancellation of a first appointment another appointment time cannot be guaranteed.
To make sure you get the most out of your appointment with Dr Boothroyd please bring a summary of the questions you would like answered, your past medical history, past ultrasound images or x rays including any operation notes or medical summaries you may have. Write down your family history and medications you are currently taking. You will be asked to complete some forms prior to seeing Dr Boothroyd and these will be forwarded to you by post. By preparing for the appointment in this way you are likely to have your individual concerns addressed to your satisfaction during your appointment time.
If you are transferring your care from another specialist it is preferable that the records from your previous specialist are available at the time of your consultation - you can obtain copies of these yourself from your specialist or sign a release note and Dr Boothroyd will obtain them in advance of your first visit.
You will be notified of out of pocket costs at the time of the making of your appointment and Dr Boothroyd's reception staff are happy to discuss these with you.
The fees to see Dr Boothroyd are generally above AMA rates for consultations and often above Gap Provider rates for surgical procedures. You will be advised of the cost of your consultation at the time of booking your appointment. Sometimes additional costs may be incurred e.g. for an ultrasound (a scan) or a colposcopy ( a procedure performed for the investigation of an abnormal pap smear.).
If you are having an IVF cycle or surgery you will be asked to pay your out of pocket expenses prior to your treatment cycle. If your cycle is cancelled your money will be refunded by cheque once your payment is cleared (in the case of payment made by cheque or credit card).
If you are experiencing financial hardship please discuss this with Dr Boothroyd or the reception staff as Dr Boothroyd supervises training doctors who may be able to assist.