Telehealth contactless appointments
In response to the Australian Federal Government and the World Health Organization’s advice, Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group is now offering zero out-of-pocket fee telehealth consultations for both existing and new patients. Our clinic staff will organize a bulk-billed appointment for any patient who wants an Orthopaedic consultation via phone or video conference.
This is specifically advantageous for the elderly, anyone in isolation/quarantine, and for those at high risk of becoming infected with COVID-19, although is available to anyone who would like to avoid an in-person consultation.
What is telehealth?
It is a consultation with your healthcare provider using communication technology like phone, video calls and emails. Telehealth allows an appointment to occur when the doctor and patient are not in the same physical location. It provides a contactless consultation in the safety and comfort of your own home.
What do I need?
If your consultation is via telephone, you will need to make sure you have access to a free line for the duration of the consult.
If your consultation will be conducted via video conference, first, you will need an internet connection, whether it be Wi-Fi or a cell phone with internet capability. Second, you will need a device such as a desktop computer, a tablet (i.e.: an iPad), or a mobile phone with web camera and speakers (most smartphones have this feature already). You will also need an email address where we can send instructions.
*Note: You do not need any special software. We will email you a link that will connect you directly to your consultation.
How does it work?
Once you have booked an appointment, one of our office staff will contact you to confirm your booking and provide you with guidance and instructions on how the appointment will work. Before you see the doctor, we will test that this type of appointment is suitable to use with the devices you have at home.
Is telehealth effective?
Telehealth has been successfully used to diagnose certain ailments, aid in pain management recommendations and even provide prescriptions for patients, without them ever having to come into the clinic. Beyond its capability to provide contactless appointments, it is perfectly suited for patients who live in regional, rural, and remote parts of Australia seeking medical advice.
The benefits of telehealth (according to Queensland Health)
- Improve patient access to health care.
- Reduce travel and inconvenience for patients, families, carers and health professionals.
- Provide health professionals with access to peer support and education.