How do I arrange a Home Visit?
To arrange a visit is simple. Simply call 04 78 95 78 90 and our receptionist will guide you. You can also book online. Appointments can be made on the day (subject to availability) or in advance. Immunisations and Pap Smears require an advanced booking.
How long will I have to wait?
An appointment time will be made when you call so you have a rough idea when the doctor will arrive. Unfortunately, the visit before you may take longer than expected. If the doctor is more than 30 minutes late please call the service for an update. We will try to advise you should this be the case but sometimes the doctor can not advise us if there is a problem they are dealing with.
What about my regular GP?
We are your regular GP. The service is run as your normal GP clinic would and we take on patients as our regulars. This service is available to everyone. If you are visiting the area or use us when you cannot get to your regular GP we can consult with them to coordinate care or provide your consultation notes to your regular GP with your consent.  We do not pass on your consult details to your regular GP unless you request this.
Can I phone the doctor?
During opening hours our doctors can be contacted by phoning the practice on 0478957890. The receptionist will take a message and with your consent any information or reason for your call (this will help triage your call). The receptionist will pass the message onto the Doctor and you will then be contacted by the receptionist with a plan or by Doctor by the close of business, unless it is urgent. PLEASE DO NOT SEND SMS AS IT WILL NOT BE RECEIVED. ALSO, MEDICAL ISSUES CANNOT BE DISCUSSED VIA FACEBOOK. (Also see our practice information sheet on the Policies Page)
Can I contact you by email?
You can contact the practice via email: info@surfcoasthomedoctor.com.au. These emails are picked up by the admin staff but please note emails can take up to 48 hours to get a reply, so do not use this method to communicate an emergency or urgent matter – instead always call the practice. Please be aware due to our privacy policy not all issues can be discussed via email, and we may have to contact you via phone. PLEASE DO NOT SEND SMS AS IT WILL NOT BE RECEIVED. ALSO, MEDICAL ISSUES CANNOT BE DISCUSSED VIA FACEBOOK. (Also see our practice information sheet on the policies page) (link to policy page)(also see our practice information sheet on the Policies Page)
How often can I use the service?
There are no limits to how often you can use the service.
Are the doctors qualified?
The doctor you see will be as qualified as any doctor you see at a GP clinic. All doctors are registered as required by the Medical Board of Australia, have AHPRA registration and have full Insurance.
Is the practice accredited?
Yes, Surf Coast Home Doctor is extremely proud to be accredited by QPA and maintain the RACGP standards for general practice.
When can I request a visit?
Appointments are currently available Tuesday 9am – 5pm Wednesday 9am – 7pm Thursday 9am – 7pm Friday 9am – 7pm Saturday 1pm – 5.30pm If the service is closed you can book online.
How can I contact a Doctor when you are shut?
If you need to see one of our Doctors after hours (when the service is shut) please call 0478957890 for details of how to contact our Doctor on Duty. All after-hours call outs and telephone advice will incur an out of pocket cost of a minimum of $400 – even if an annual fee has been paid. Additional charges may be incurred for clinic visits, dressings, procedures, medications or nurse visits but will be discussed before charging.
I’m deaf, how will I be able to understand the doctor?
Patients with hearing difficulties contact us through the National Relay Service –  https://relayservice.gov.au/ For consultationswe can book an interpreter for any patient who uses Sign Language to communicate through the National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service (NABS). This is a FREE service to us and our patients. – http://www.nabs.org.au/
English isn’t my first language, what if I have trouble understanding the doctor?
 Our friendly receptionists can help you organize the use of the Translating & Interpreting Service National by phoning 131 450 – https://www.tisnational.gov.au/ NB: The Free Interpreting Service does not extend to people who do not hold a Medicare card.
What if I require medications?
The GP who visits you, will be able to prescribe medications that you require as a GP clinic would. The GP may carry a limited supply of urgent medications should you require urgent treatment at home. If the pharmacy is shut the Doctor may be able to give you a starter kit of medications to get through the evening. Please note: The service does NOT carry or supply drugs of addiction. Surf Coast Home Doctor offers a repeat prescription service for current Surf Coast Home Doctor patients. To access the service and read the terms and conditions click HERE and follow the prompts.
Who can use the service, and what areas are covered?
Anyone, as long as the home visit will take place in the area we cover. The area covered is currently Jan Juc to Torquay and up to Grovedale. (Includes: Torquay, Jan Juc, Bellbrae, Anglesea, Mount Duneed, Armstrong Creek, Freshwater Creek, Moriac, Charlemont, Grovedale, Marshall) If you are unsure please email or call us. If you live outside of these areas you can request a visit at our affiliated clinic in Torquay.
How can I access my results?
Please refer to our Results Policy on the policy page of the website Policies Page
How do you manage my health information?
Please refer to our Privacy Policy on the policy page of the website Policies Page
What if my condition changes?
If you are concerned about your health or your condition changes, please recall the service on 04 78 95 78 90. Please note the service is not an emergency service and if you require such attention please call 000 or attend your local emergency department.
How can I give feedback or make a complaint?
(See our practice information sheet on the policies page Policies Page) If you have any suggestions, positive feedback or are unhappy with our service please let the Doctor or reception staff know. Complaints can be made in writing addressed to the Practice Manager via email info@surfcoasthomedoctor.com.au Alternatively, you may prefer to contact Health Care Complaints Commission Victoria: Call: 1300 582 113 Fax: 03 9032 3111Email: hsc@dhhs.vic.gov.au Write: Health Services Commissioner, Level 26, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000.
What are the costs?
The following fee structure is available to all Medicare card holders. (Non-Medicare card holders, please refer to the section: Fees – Non-Medicare Card holders). Fee: $60 for every visit to house, clinic or other location If multiple patients are seen at a visit, one patient pays the $60 fee and all other patients will be bulk billed. If an extended appointment time is needed, e.g. double appointment for two patients, both patients will need to pay $60. Current Annual Fee Holders: If you paid an Annual Fee prior to 31/10/18 and it has not expired, your annual fee will remain valid until its expiry date. Once your annual fee has expired, you will be required to pay $60 per visit. Pensioner/Concession Card Holders: Pensioner / concession cards need to be provided upon booking for Medicare claims. Fee: $40 for every visit to house, clinic or other location. Fees – Non-Medicare Card holders: Non-Medicare card holders will be required to pay a one-off consult fee for each visit. Upon booking a Non-Medicare card holder will be advised that a staff member will call them back with a cost before the appointment. Final costs will be assessed on the nature of the consult and therefore a reason for visit will need to be provided to the receptionist. Non-Medicare card holder fees start from $180. Payments are to be made at the time of booking when booking via phone. If booking online, payment is required three hours prior to secure the appointment. One you have made your payment your visit will be billed to Medicare via the 90 cheque scheme. This means you will receive a cheque in the post from Medicare in your visiting Doctors name. Surf Coast Home Doctor will send you a prepaid envelope after your consult. Once you receive the Medicare Cheque, please place the cheque in the prepaid envelope and forward to us as soon as possible. In some instances Medicare may reject the claim. In these instances you may be liable to pay the outstanding amount instead. However we wish to work with you to avoid this. So if you DO NOT receive the cheque within 3 months, please email our Practice Manager at info@surfcoasthomedoctor.com.au to give us your permission to contact Medicare on your behalf to chase & prevent you having to pay the outstanding amount. If we do not receive your cheque in the post we will also be in contact with you after 3 months to make it easier and help you chase it.
What are the fees terms and conditions?
You can view our practice’s terms and conditions here: SCHD Fees Terms and Conditions 
What about my regular GP?
We are your regular GP. The service is run as your normal GP clinic would and we take on patients as our regulars. This service is available to everyone. If you are visiting the area or use us when you cannot get to your regular GP we can consult with them to coordinate care or provide your consultation notes to your regular GP with your consent.  We do not pass on your consult details to your regular GP unless you request this.
What if I do not have a credit card?
If you do not have a credit card we can take payment via cash or EFT at our affiliated clinic in Torquay, please notify reception if you wish to pay via cash or EFT.
What if I do not have a Medicare Card?
If you do not have a Medicare card you can still use the service but there will be a cost of $180 expected to be paid via credit card before the visit.
What if I have paid and I then wish to cancel my appointment?
A cancelation fee may be charged for failure to attend or cancelation at short notice. This will be assessed on a case by case basis. Cancelation Fees start at $60 per patient. Refunds Fees may be refunded at the Practice Manager’s discretion if an appointment is cancelled with more than 12 hours’ notice. Appointments cancelled within 12 hours of the scheduled appointment, including no shows, no refund will be considered. These Terms are if one visit was booked and the visit was a standard 20-minute consultation. If more than one visit was booked or the visit time was longer than the standard 20 minutes, the refunded amount may be less or not possible. In these circumstances, the Practice Manger will use their discretion in regard to the refund or non-refund.
I have a newborn not on my Medicare card
If you have a newborn not yet on a Medicare card the visit MAY cost you $10 extra or you may have to pay a private fee and then claim back the money from Medicare once you have the Medicare card. Please discuss this with the receptionist when you make your appointment.
What if I do not feel comfortable with the Doctor seeing me at my house?
If you would prefer not to see the Doctor at your house a visit can be arranged at our affiliated clinic in Torquay. Just discuss this with the receptionist when you call.
What does the gap fee not include?
No matter what fee has been paid, additional fees may incur at the visit. These additional fees may be charged for the following, but not limited to:
  • Wound dressings
  • Sutures
  • Nurse Visits
  • Repeat Prescriptions and Referrals via our Repeats Service
  • Consultations and Procedures completed at Medical Skin Clinic Australia by Surf Coast Home Doctor GPs or nurses
  • Cosmetic or Mole Mapping Services at Medical Skin Clinic Australia by Surf Coast Home Doctor GP or nurses
  • Any services provided by Medical Skin Clinic Australia staff
Additional Fees are implicated for the fitting of Mirenas and Iron Infusions at the clinic.
  • Mirena fittings Cost $250 with a rebate of approximately $126.35
  • Iron Infusions have a gap of approx. $80 – 100
Cancellation policy
If you are unable to attend for a scheduled appointment, please contact us to cancel or change your appointment time asap. We expect to receive 24 hour’s notice of an appointment cancellation. A cancelation fee may be charged for failure to attend or cancelation at short notice. Cancelation Fees start at $60 per patient. (Please note: this fee is not Medicare rebatable).
I have reached the Medicare Safety Net, do I still need to pay the gap fee?
Yes, once you have reached the Medicare Safety Net threshold you still need to pay the gap fee and you will still receive a cheque from Medicare that needs to be forwarded to the practice. However, once you have reached the threshold Medicare will refund part of the gap fee directly to your account. For more information regarding the Medicare Safety Net and threshold amounts, please contact Medicare.