Dr Rebecca Werther, Paediatric Allergist/Immunologist is RELOCATING!!!

At the end of 2016, Peninsula Paediatrics & Allergy Centre (31 McMahons Rd, Frankston) will close for good.

 As of February 2017, Rebecca will be working in Mornington (on Tuesdays and Wednesdays), at the following location:

 

Surrey Street Family Clinic

2-4 Surrey Street

Mornington, Victoria

Australia 3931

Phone: +61 3 5924 1010

Fax: +61 3 5973 6746

 

All current and new patients will need to contact the new practice to re-book appointments for 2017 onwards

(all prior appointments made for 2017 at Peninsula Paediatrics & Allergy Centre will be cancelled)

 Please continue to check this page for updates and developments regarding Rebecca’s practice locations, as well as information for new patients.

You can also follow Rebecca on Facebook

 Rebecca will take all patient records/results with her, with current referrals still valid at new location

In Other News:

Rebecca is excited to announce plans for another Paediatric Allergy Practice, located closer to the city. Due to open late 2017. Stay tuned for details…

 

Fees:

Rebecca’s practice is a private fee for service clinic, which means that patients must pay the full account on the day of consultation. All consultations are eligible for a significant Medicare rebate with a valid doctor’s referral. A referral from a general practitioner is valid for 12 months (unless stated otherwise), with a specialist referral only lasting 3 months. Please contact the clinic for specific details regarding fee structure and Medicare rebates.

Appointments – what you need to know:

·        If appointments are to be cancelled or rescheduled, please give at least 24 hours notice in order to allow another urgent patient to take that spot. If appointments are not attended despite being confirmed, patients will receive a cancellation fee.

·        Please stop all antihistamines 5 days prior to the consultation (if skin prick testing may be performed) – this includes cough/cold medications as well as Phenergan, Polaramine, Zyrtec, Claratyne, Aerius, Telfast and other generic brands of these medications. Patients do not have to stop nasal sprays or asthma medications.

·        If anti-histamines cannot be stopped due to severe symptoms, please contact the practice to discuss options. Rebecca can still assess and manage the condition with a plan to test later or by alternative means if it is deemed necessary.

·        Please do not put any creams on your child’s back on the day of the appointment, if skin prick testing may be performed.

What to bring to the appointment??

o   Valid Doctor’s referral (if not already sent through)

o   Any previous test results

o   Medicare Card

o   Health Centre Record book (for babies/young children)

o   Any specific or unusual foods for allergy testing – Rebecca has extracts to all the ‘common’ allergens, however if testing is required for an unusual food, fruit or seafood, fresh samples may be needed. Please bring these individually packaged and labelled.

About skin prick testing…

·        If skin prick testing is deemed necessary, Rebecca will do the test on your child’s back. This involves small skin pricks with lancets, known as Quintips, which feels like small scratches. It can cause minor discomfort at the time but is generally fairly well tolerated. Your child will need to sit on the lap of a parent, with his/her back facing Rebecca. The test itself takes only 1-2 minutes to perform, with results ready after 15 minutes. You will stay in the room with Rebecca over this time, while she goes through personalised management plans and education, with any prescriptions provided at that time. Rebecca will then discuss the results and correlate them to the clinical history, with a copy of results provided for you to take home.

·        If skin prick testing is not deemed to be necessary or helpful for the particular problem, Rebecca will explain why this is the case, while continuing to diagnose and manage the problem based on her clinical judgement and experience. She would prefer not to put a child through the discomfort of testing if not clinically necessary. Skin prick testing does not detect the cause of all allergic conditions.