INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS

Planning a pregnancy

If you have an existing health problem, it may be appropriate to arrange a pre-pregnancy consultation to make sure you understand all the potential issues associated with pregnancy. This includes how a pregnancy might affect your condition and how your condition might impact on pregnancy. This will allow us to prepare you for pregnancy and ensure the best management is in place for you. It is a good time to ask questions about getting pregnant, medications, what to expect during pregnancy, any special tests you may require and who will be involved in your care.

 

Conditions we treat

The following is a list of some of the conditions Dr Lowe treats. The list is not exhaustive and if your condition is not listed, please feel free to contact us and we can discuss if we are the right practise for you.

Conditions we can help you with:

 

 

Heart, blood pressure and blood vessels:
  • High blood pressure
  • Preeclampsia
  • Heart murmurs
  • Palpitations
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Previous heart surgery
  • Varicose veins and thrombophlebitis
Lungs

  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Cough
Bowel and Liver

  • Bowel and Liver
  • Previous bariatric surgery/procedures
  • Inflammatory bowel disease-Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis
  • Liver disease
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum
Kidney

  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Chronic renal impairment
  • Renal transplant
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Kidney stones
Brain and Nerves
  • Epilepsy
  • Migraine and headaches
Immune and Joints
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
Blood
  • Thrombocytopenia/low platelets
  • Anaemia
  • Thrombosis/blood clots
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
METABOLISM AND HORMONES
  • Thyroid
  • Diabetes-pre-existing and gestational
  • Insulin resistance
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Before your appointment:

It can be helpful for A/Prof Lowe to gather as much information about your condition as possible before your appointment.

Please arrange to have your referral faxed to 96504903 or sent to Suite 5/L7 POW Private Hosp. Barker St Randwick, 2031.

If you have a pre-existing condition or a problem related to a previous pregnancy, we would like to obtain as much information as possible before your appointment. Please contact Rachel on 96504957 to allow us to gather information from your current treating doctors or old hospital records.

 

Fees:

Specialist Private Fees are charged for all consultations. These will depend on whether this is your first or subsequent visit and the duration/complexity of the consultation. Cash, debit and credit cards  (Mastercard and Visa only) are accepted and all fees are payable at the time of consultation.

Health Care and Pension cards are not accepted.

If you are concerned about payment of fees, please contact Reception before your consultation to make a suitable arrangement.

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.

A valid referral (lasting 3 months from a specialist or 12 months from your GP) is required for all first consultations and if there has been more than 12 months since your last visit.

EPILEPSY:

HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM/SEVERE MORNING SICKNESS:

MEDICATIONS:

For urgent advice about medicines, exposures or vaccinations and pregnancy: Call Mothersafe

Phone: 9382 6539 (Sydney Metropolitan Area)
Phone: 1800 647 848 (Non-Metropolitan Area)
Monday–Friday 9am-5pm (excluding public holidays)

PREECLAMPSIA:

All about preeclampsia

https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-pre-eclampsia.pdf

“So you’ve had preeclampsia” https://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/rhw/Patient_Leaflets/Antenatal/soe.pdf

Support Group

AAPEC is a voluntary organisation set up to provide support and information to families who have suffered from pre- eclampsia.

http://www.aapec.org.au/index.php

TRAVEL IN PREGNANCY:

VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS:

MY CONSULTING ROOM IS LOCATED AT:

Suite 5, Level 7
Prince of Wales Private Hospital
Barker Street
Randwick NSW 2031

t:(02) 9650 4957
f:(02) 9650 4903

Email: Rachel Hoskins

Info for Patients - Disclaimer

DISCLAIMER

This website contains general information about certain medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice regarding your patient’s condition.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter please contact A/Prof Lowe or arrange an appointment.