Patients who live in regional and remote locations - as well as those who are self isolating - often take advantage of video consultation technology for their initial appointments with Dr Sharp. Prior to the consultation, patients receive their Patient Information Pack containing documents relating to their procedure, including the consent form and Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons brochure.
The patient’s preferred video consultation software is selected and our patient care team tests out the video call to ensure the patient and Dr Sharp will be able to see each other on the day. Video consultations can be held via smartphone, laptop, desktop or iPad/tablet.Sometimes, patients choose to email photos of the areas they wish to discuss with Dr Sharp, as a clinical reference for their patient record.
We also ask our patients to peruse specific information provided on our website, related to their chosen procedure. This material comprises part of the written ‘informed consent’ documentation for their procedure.
Prior to their consult, our patients are encouraged to write down any questions they might have for Dr Sharp, to ensure they receive the most relevant and valuable information from their consultation on the day.
On the day of their consultation, our patients have their patient pack/documents on hand, as Dr Sharp will step through this information during the appointment. After the consultation, an estimate of fees - including any applicable rebates - is provided. If the patient is having a breast augmentation, their 3D simulation options will be generated based on the implant sizes discussed with Dr Sharp. Our patients are emailed a secure login to the portal to view their simulations at home.
Following the initial consultation, patients have a second consultation - face to face with Dr Sharp in one of our clinics - before undergoing any surgery. This consultation is complimentary.
For breast augmentation patients, this is also when they try on different implant ‘sizers’ to determine their final implant size.
These two consultations ensure that patients have had multiple opportunities to consider the pre operative information provided, ask questions and plan their surgery and recovery with Dr Sharp before undergoing a procedure.
If you choose to have a video consultation, our team will make sure the process is as discreet, supported and informative as it would have been, had you been in the clinic with us on the day!