Do I need to do anything before my appointment?
Before your appointment with Dr Lowe, discuss with your referring doctor if you need to have any tests or start any treatment before your appointment. You may also get advice from our website under: Information for Patients.
Ensure you have a current referral from your own doctor.
Please bring a list of your current medications including the names and doses.
If you have an antenatal card bring that with you.
If you have a pre-existing condition or a problem related to a previous pregnancy, please contact Rachel at Reception on 96504957 to allow us to gather information from your current treating doctors or old hospital records.
If I have a pre-existing health condition, do I need to do anything before trying to get pregnant?
If you have a pre-existing condition or a problem related to a previous pregnancy, it is best that we meet you before you get pregnant. This will allow us to ensure you are appropriately prepared for pregnancy. Otherwise we would like to see you as early in your pregnancy as you can arrange.
Sometimes this means changing or stopping some of your medications, making sure you’ve had the right tests and stabilising your health before you get pregnant.
Can I see Dr Lowe if I already have a specialist for my condition?
If you have your own specialist already, Dr Lowe will liase with them and ensure continuity of your care during pregnancy and return you to your usual specialists after pregnancy. Depending on the problem, we will work together to make sure you and your baby receive the very best care.
How is Dr Lowe different to my obstetrician or GP?
Dr Lowe does not deliver babies, but she will work together with your obstetrician, midwife or general practitioner. She is a consultant physician (internist) who specialises in Medical Disorders of Pregnancy including complications such as pre-eclampsia, and diabetes as well as managing pre-existing medical problems during pregnancy such as heart disease, thyroid disease and epilepsy.
When should I start seeing Dr Lowe?
Your own doctor should tell you how urgent your appointment is. Please contact us as soon as possible after you have been referred. If you’re not sure how urgent the problem is, please contact Rachel at Reception to discuss your condition and the timing of your appointment.
What if my condition is not on the list of conditions Dr Lowe treats?
The list of conditions we treat is not comprehensive. Please contact Rachel at Reception to discuss whether Dr Lowe is the right doctor to manage your condition.
Can I see Dr Lowe if I am not having my baby at Prince of Wales Private or the Royal Hospital for Women ?
Even if you’re planning to have your baby at a different hospital, in many cases it is possible for Dr Lowe to take care of you as an outpatient through her Randwick rooms.
Do I still need to see Dr Lowe after I have the baby?
Fortunately, many of the medical complications that affect pregnancy recover after delivery although not always immediately. Dr Lowe will look after you, if needed, for up to 3 months after you have your baby but after that time you will generally return to your own doctor.
What should I do if I’m worried about paying for my appointment?
Please contact Rachel at Reception to discuss payment options.
Will my Private health insurance cover all of Dr Lowe’s fees?
Medicare rebates are available (with instant transmission to Medicare for overnight repayment) for a portion of the fee and most of the fee is reimbursable if you have reached the Medicare Safety Net Threshold [https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/medicare-safety-net]. Unfortunately, your health insurance does not cover “the gap” fees for Office consultations.
Dr Lowe participates in “No Gap Cover” schemes with most major health Funds. This means if Dr Lowe sees you whilst you are in hospital, your Health Insurance along with Medicare will pay the entire cost of these consultations. You will not receive any bill.