Lotus Medics – Patient Information
When you arrive
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time. Our friendly staff will take your details and organise any paperwork that may be required to be filled if you haven’t already done so.
Please check the correct spellings of your names or any update to them and your latest address and contact phone numbers-this enables us to organise appointments and send you updates as required.
If you are unable to make your appointment please let us know so that we can offer you another appointment and offer that time slot to someone else who may need it.
Whilst we try to run to time, rare Emergencies, especially safe delivery of babies may require Dr Kotasthane to rush to the hospital. Sometimes there are surgical procedures and complex consents for surgical procedures. Dr Kotasthane is keen to ensure that everyone who sees him has their concerns and queries addressed during the appointment. As a result, some appointments to address complex concerns may take more time. We will inform you and adjust appointment times to suit your convenience at such times.
Dr Kotasthane works as a Senior Clinical lecturer with the Sydney University School of Rural Health and may occasionally have medical students with him-If you do not wish to have medical students for the consultation please let the reception staff know in advance
What do I bring for my appointment?
- Current Referral letter
- Medicare card
- Private insurance details-if applicable
- List of medications
- Any imaging(ultrasound, CT, MRI)or pathology reports
- Any relevant information from previous specialists or medical practitioners relevant to your condition
What happens at my appointment
Dr Kotasthane will conduct a thorough assessment of your condition which may include validated questionnaires. As part of the investigation, he may perform an ultrasound.
Sometimes there may be procedures required like Colposcopy, smears, biopsies or Mirena insertions depending on the condition.
Dr Kotasthane understands that sometimes the timing of menstruation can be erratic and is happy to see women for their pre-booked appointments during these time. You do not need to cancel your appointment even if you are having a menstrual period unless you are significantly physically or emotionally affected by it.
- Please follow the fasting instructions given by the hospital where the surgery is to be performed.
- There may be a need to take medication like Bowel prep or bring certain prescription devices like the Mirena-please check with your doctor and bring them with you on the day.
- Do not smoke or drink any alcoholic beverages during the 48 hours before & after your surgery.
- Please bring a list of your allergies and medications before the surgery.
- Do not bring or wear any jewellery or valuables. All body piercing especially those on the abdomen or pelvic area must be removed. If they cannot be removed please make the doctor/nurse aware of them.
- Brush your teeth without swallowing. If you wear dentures, you will be asked to remove them before surgery. They will be placed in a d enture cup and returned to you after surgery. Please leave partial-plate dentures at home.
- Please wear little or no makeup and remove coloured nail polish.
- Do not shave the pubic area but clip or trim Pubic hair as appropriate
- Please arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital. It is not advisable to drive home after a general anaesthetic. Please allow sufficient time for recovery.
- Most recovery advice is based on common sense and logic.
- If it hurts, don’t do it. Your doctor will advise you on recovery times for specific surgeries.
- If you require a sick certificate or attendance certificate please ask the doctor for one or let the reception/recovery staff know.
At Lotus Medics we use and electronic medical record (EMR) called Clinic to Cloud, in our efforts to go green and as much as possible try to be paperless. The contents of the EMR are kept on a secure server in Australia and are very well guarded against malicious attacks and ransomware.
We comply with the Federal Privacy Act, which sets out rules to handle patient data in a responsible and confidential manner.
Your data will not be released to third parties without your consent unless it is required so by law or in the belief that such action is necessary to protect the rights or property of Lotus Medics and the safety of the website users of www.lotusmedics.com.au.
The information provided in various sections in the Patient Information page has been derived from various organisations like the IUGA (International Urogynaecological Association), RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK) and RANZCOG (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Australia) and other resources.
Lotus Medics does not claim to own or in any way infringe any copyright of any organisations and recognises the original work by organisations that have produced this material.
The main aim of collating the material on the website is to allow ease of access for this material for women. If this hurts any policies of any organisation, please feel free to call 1300 3LOTUS (1300 356 887) and we are happy to address your concerns.