+ Any patients who are experiencing respiratory symptoms should not attend the practice. Please book a Telehealth consultation first.
+ We reserve the right to ban any patient who does not follow our appointment booking guidelines. They are implemented for the safety of the whole community.
Summary of critical updates
To safeguard the community and our team of doctors and staff, the majority of patients will need to first book Telehealth consultations before visiting the practice in person.
The practice will continue to be open, but you will not be able to come in to see your doctor unless you have had a Telehealth consultation and your doctor has determined that a face-to-face examination is required.
Some exclusions are childhood immunisations, whooping cough immunisations, flu immunisations, antenatal/postnatal care consultations and emergency presentations. Please click here for more information.
Any patients who are experiencing respiratory symptoms e.g. sore throat, runny nose, fever, cough, should not attend the practice and first book a Telehealth consultation.
Face to face consultations for patients with respiratory symptoms will be available at the practice during specific times in the day if your doctor deems it necessary during your Telehealth consultation.
If you require a script or referral please book a Telehealth consult. Please click here for more information.
We have paused private flu vaccine clinics awaiting an update on private flu stocks which have experienced serious disruption.
Details of critical updates
Introduction of Telehealth for majority of standard consultations
The practice will continue to stay open, but you will not be able to come in to see your doctor unless you have had a Telehealth consultation and your doctor has determined that a face-to-face examination is required.
There are several specific appointment types that you can still book online (in addition to Telehealth):
Flu Vaccinations (Private) - Appointment to visit the practice for a flu vaccine clinic: prepayment of $20 for the vaccine is required at time of booking (currently paused while we confirm more stock)
Flu Vaccinations (Government) - Appointment to visit the practice for a free flu vaccine clinic, patients 65+ can also receive their pneumovax vaccine at this time
Childhood Vaccinations - Appointment to visit the practice for your child to receive their scheduled childhood immunisations
Antenatal Appointments - Appointment to visit the practice for pregnant women
Postnatal Appointments - Appointment to visit the practice for postpartum women (eg. 6 week checks, breastfeeding issues)
Boostrix Vaccinations - Appointment to visit the practice for patients requiring a whooping cough vaccine - e.g. pregnant women and close contacts of newborn babies
At this time you will not be able to book any other appointment types online.
For the safety of our community and staff, it is vital that any patients experiencing any respiratory symptoms do not book consultations to visit the practice for any of the above appointment types still available online. Please book a Telehealth consultation.
We are also requesting that well patients do not bring along any family members (e.g. children) who may have any respiratory symptoms.
Respiratory symptoms include any of the following: shortness of breath, cough, fever, runny nose or sore throat.
Scripts and referrals
If you require a script or referral you can discuss this with your doctor during a Telehealth consult. See further information here.
All eligible Telehealth appointments will be bulk billed.
Private Telehealth consultations are available for patients without Medicare. See further information here.
We have experienced unprecedented demand for flu vaccines this year.
We correctly anticipated the increase in demand and ordered sufficient privatet vaccine stock. However, US customs is currently refusing to release a large volume of flu vaccine stock destined for Australia.
For now we have had to pause booking any more flu vaccine consultations while we await an update on vaccine stock availability in the weeks ahead. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some patients.
Any patients with existing flu vaccine clinic appointments should attend their appointments as booked.
An email we sent to patients last Friday 20 March offered patients the choice to book a standard private appointment to get their flu vaccine. However, due to this unforeseen supply constraint, only patients that attend a dedicated flu vaccine clinic can receive a flu vaccine.
If you are experiencing an emergency we will be here to help. Accidents requiring wound care, patients experiencing asthma attack, heart conditions, anaphylaxis etc can continue to access immediate care at the practice but we ask patients to phone ahead where possible.
Coronavirus testing clinics are operating around Australia. To determine if you are eligible for Coronavirus testing, please review the guidelines below.
We are not currently undertaking Coronavirus testing at Double Bay Doctors.
We are now offering a comprehensive midwifery service to support new mum's and their babies. Qualified midwives Maddie and Sam are warm and encouraging practitioners who are passionate about providing mum's with friendly, helpful advice to support them through late pregnancy, birth and the early months of parenting.
30m midwife consultations are available Monday to Friday and attract a private fee of $60.00.
If you require assessment by a GP during your midwifery consultation, for instance to review thrush or mastistis which may require antibiotics, your GP consultation will be bulk billed.
A 30m midwifery consult is well suited to basic breastfeeding issues. For more comprehensive advice, including the opportunity to feed in consultation, please see information on highly experienced IBCLC Cathy Shortt's service below.
At Bondi Doctors we offer a comprehensive women's health service including specialist lactation advice with IBCLC Cathy Shortt.
What is an IBCLC or Lactation Consultant?
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC’s) or Lactation Consultants, are certified professionals recognised internationally as experts in assisting mothers with establishing and sustaining breast feeding, even in the midst of difficulties.
Certified lactation consultants have extensive clinical experience and advanced lactation education. They can help with any breastfeeding issues including complex situations, high-risk babies, oral assessment and more.
Why seek lactation advice?
Breastfeeding, although natural, is a learned skill. As with all new skills, breastfeeding can take some time to master. Lots of mothers experience breastfeeding challenges, especially in the early weeks. Getting timely and knowledgeable support is important to overcome breastfeeding problems.
Lactation advice aims to provide you with a range of practical techniques which can assist with a broad range of breastfeeding issues to ensure:
Your baby continues to receive enough milk;
You are confident how to support your milk supply; and,
You have access to ongoing guidance about what to do as things progress/change during breastfeeding.
You will also be supported to identify normal baby feeding behaviours and sleep patterns.
Common breastfeeding issues:
Milk supply - over supply and under supply
Engorgement - Breast engorgement is when there is an accumulation of milk and tissue fluid in your breasts. It can make your breasts feel very full, tight and painful. It can also be a challenge for achieving correct attachment.
Attachment -Breastfeeding is instinctive for babies. However, there are various things that can cause attachment difficulties after birth. For example, if your breasts are very engorged, this can make it hard for some babies to attach. Sometimes, pain relief used during labour, or other birth interventions, can contribute to making some babies extra sleepy and perhaps even dull their feeding behaviours – all of which can make attaching more difficult.
Latch & positioning
Blocked ducts - A blocked duct is where milk banks up behind a blockage in one or more of your milk ducts which can cause pain and inflammation.
Preventing mastitis - Mastitis means breast inflammation is present. Mastitis may or may not be accompanied by an infection. Whether there’s an infection present or not, milk stasis is usually the main cause of mastitis.
Nipple vasospasm - Nipple vasospasm is where tiny blood vessels in your nipples tighten up and as they do so, reduce the blood flow to your nipples. This can cause nipple pain.
Nipple damage - The main cause of cracked nipples is suboptimal positioning and attachment. When a baby isn’t positioned or attached optimally, your nipple can get compressed between your baby’s tongue and hard palate. This can lead to nipple damage. It takes a trained eye to figure out if a baby is positioned and attached well and provide tips about how to optimise it positioning and attachment. Cathy has countless hours observing and helping mothers breastfeed.
Tongue tie - Cathy can conduct an oral assessment to help determine whether your baby has tongue tie that requires medical intervention.
What can you expect from a lactation consultation?
Cathy offers a variety of consultation options to suit women at different stages of their breastfeeding journey.
lnitial consult (90 mins) - $330
An intial consult will involve taking a comprehensive antenatal and post natal history to ensure a holistic and thorough approach to your care.
This is followed by an opportunity to breastfeed in a calm, private, relaxing and supportive environment in which you can discuss any specific feeding issues, questions, or concerns you may be facing.
Cathy will work with you to develop a clear plan for your breastfeeding journey, which elimimates confusing advice and conflicting information.
If needed, Cathy can liaise with other healthcare providers such as your Bondi Doctors GP, Obstetricians, Paediatricians, Early Childhood Health Services, Speech Pathologists, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Karitane and Tresillian.
Follow up consultation (60 mins) - $220
A follow up consultation can be useful to review your progress, ask follow up questions and make any adjustments to your breastfeeding plan.
You will be offered the opportunity to breastfeed in a calm, private, relaxing and supportive environment.
Short consultation (30 mins) - $110
This is suitable for mothers who require minimal support or who have had a previous consultation/s with Cathy and want a quick "check up" on progress.
Given time limitations, there is no opportunity to breastfeed in a short consultation.