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Frequently Asked Questions/Links
How much will my procedure cost? We endeavour to charge fair and reasonable fees. We have 3 main groups of patients.
  1. Those who have medical insurance. There is usually no fee to you except for the excess on your policy which you have arranged with your health fund, however your specialist and his anaesthetist may charge a gap so you should check directly with them. Glen Iris Private does not have an agreement with HCF,  or Regional Health  so there will be a hospital fee payable if you are a member of either of these health funds. You need to pay your excess on the day of the procedure to Glen Iris Private. If you have no excess, then there may be no costs at all. If you are having surgery of any type then you should speak to your specialist at least one week prior to admission to confirm all costs.
  2. Those who have no insurance and are not full aged pensioners. A fee is payable to the hospital on the day of the procedure, as shown in the table below, depending on which procedure you are having. The fees from the anaesthetist, the endoscopist and any pathology may be bulk billed, however you should check with your specialist. If a clip is used to stop bleeding this is charged to the patient 'at cost' of $145 (no profit to us). This is quite infrequent. Please note there is a higher cost if you choose to have your procedure on a Saturday, you can check this with our administration staff.
  3. Those who are full aged pensioners but have no health insurance receive a substantial discount as per the table below. Please note that if you have been referred to GIP by your specialist then the fees may be higher. If a clip is used to stop bleeding this is charged to the patient 'at cost' of $145. This is quite infrequent. Please note that the aged pension rate does not apply if you choose to have your procedure on a Saturday.
 
COST SUMMARY 1/9/18 Gastroscopy Colonoscopy Gastroscopy & Colonoscopy
Insured Excess Excess Excess
Self Funded $400 $550 $650
Aged Pensioners $190 $220 $300

For Information on the anaesthetic used please click on the link below. This information is only a guide and should not replace information supplied by your anaesthetist. If you have any questions about your anaesthesia, please speak with your treating specialist.

http://www.anzca.edu.au/patients/frequently-asked-questions

Why do I need to fast, and for how long?

It is VITAL that you fast for 6 hours prior to your scheduled procedure. This is to prevent choking on stomach contents while you are sedated. You should brush your teeth but spit out the mouth rinse. Fasting means NO WATER / FLUIDS and NO FOOD.

What do I do about my medications?

Blood pressure medications should be taken with a SMALL SIP of water (<20ml). Asthma medications should be taken as usual. Most other medications can be taken later. What about aspirin? Aspirin can usually be continued as usual. You do not need to take it on the morning of the procedure. If you do decide with your doctor to stop aspirin, you must not take aspirin for 7 days prior to the procedure.

What about Plavix, Iscover or Brilinta?

These medications can be quite dangerous to stop, depending on why they were started. You must discuss this with your referring doctor. If it is safe to stop them, then they should be ceased for 10 days before your procedure. If you have your procedure while these drugs are still in your system, the risk of bleeding complications is much higher. IF there is doubt it is best that you see the endoscopist prior to the procedure for a formal appointment.

What about Warfarin?

Warfarin can also be quite dangerous to stop, depending on why it was started. You must discuss this with your referring doctor. If it is safe to stop it, then you should MISS FOUR DAYS dosing before your procedure. IF there is doubt it is best that you see the endoscopist prior to the procedure for a formal appointment.

What about diabetic medications?

If you are on tablets for diabetes, then do not take them on the evening prior to, or on the morning of your procedure. You only risk running a slightly higher blood sugar this way, which is quite safe when only for a short period.

How do I get there on Public Transport?

BUS:
The 903 Smart bus stops outside Glen Iris Private on Warrigal Road. It connects South to Holmesglen Station and Chadstone, and North to Trams 75 (Toorak Road) and 70 (Riversdale Road), then proceeds to Box Hill.

TRAIN:
You can walk (about 1.4km) to Ashburton or Burwood Station (on the Alamein Line), or train to Holmesglen (Glen Waverley Line), and take the 903 Smartbus north. If you have had a procedure requiring sedation (Gastroscopy or Colonoscopy) you cannot take public transport home, as it is unsafe.

What are the opening hours?

We are open from 7.30am to 5pm M-F and 7.30am to 12pm on alternate Saturday mornings.

How can I be sure that the equipment is properly disinfected?

This issue is critical to us, and there are many safety steps built in for your protection. Glen Iris Private follows the guidelines from the Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia (GENCA), and from AS/NZ 4187 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations. Scopes are cleaned in special sterilising units, which run automatically, and a printout certifying correct disinfection is done for every scope. This is able to be tracked. These units are regularly serviced and tested. The scopes are tested 3 monthly with Melbourne Pathology for infection, and have never shown a sign of bacteria. Viruses are also eradicated by these methods. All staff have accredited competency in endoscope cleaning and disinfection. If you have further questions, our staff would be happy to answer them.

 
 
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