Virtual Consultation with Dr Patrick Briggs
During the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors, including Dr Patrick Briggs, had to adapt their consultation methods to comply with restrictions. Virtual consultations became a popular option, allowing patients to meet with Dr. Briggs remotely. Even though restrictions are no longer in place, Dr Briggs continues to offer virtual consultations to both new and existing patients.
Our virtual consultations take place through an online video service, providing a convenient and interactive way for you to connect with Dr Briggs.
This form of consultation is the first step in your surgical journey where you will be able to;
- Meet Dr Briggs and his team
- Discuss your surgical options and obtain information on procedures
- Evaluate your current physic (through photo’s you send before the virtual consult)
- View before and after images of Dr Briggs’ surgical cases
- Receive an estimate of fees for the procedure.
- And ask any questions you may have.
By offering virtual consultations, we aim to provide a personalized and informative experience while ensuring your safety and convenience.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of the virtual consultation is $300.
Virtual consultations have certain limitations, as we are unable to conduct physical examinations or take clinical photos.
It’s important to be aware that Medicare rebates cannot be claimed for virtual consultations at this time. However, if you decide to proceed and wish to further discuss your options after the virtual appointment, we offer you an in-person appointment with Dr Briggs, at no additional cost.
How Does It Work?
Once you have booked your appointment and paid your fees Dr Briggs’ administrative staff will send you a detailed email with all the information on how to prepare for the virtual consultation and any paperwork that may be required prior to the appointment.
What Do I Use On My Phone to do the online Consult?
How Long Does a Consultation Last?
As we are unable to conduct physical examinations or take clinical photos your virtual consultations will typically range from 15-20 minutes in length depending on the procedure/s you are wanting to discuss.
Do I Still Need to See The Surgeon In Person?
If you decide to proceed with your surgical journey after the virtual consultation, an in-person consultation with Dr Briggs is necessary.
During this in-person consultation, Dr Briggs will conduct a thorough physical examination, take clinical photos and measurements, and discuss sizing if applicable.
We understand that you have already paid $300 for the virtual consultation, and we want to assure you that there will be no additional cost for this in-person consultation. This is an important step in ensuring that we have all the necessary information to proceed with your personalized treatment plan.
When are the Consultations Available?
Dr Briggs offers virtual consultations from Monday to Thursday, with specific time slots available. Please note that he does not offer consultations on Fridays.
When you speak with our team, they will provide you with the available dates and time slots for your virtual consultation.
We will do our best to accommodate your schedule and find a convenient appointment time for you to connect with Dr Briggs and discuss your options.
I Want to Book, How Can I Do This?
When Can I Have Surgery?
Once you have completed your required consults, (which will be two consultations as of July 1st, 2023), and taken a 7-day cooling-off period to carefully consider your decision, you can proceed to schedule your surgery.
The timing of your surgery will depend on various factors, including the length of the procedure and the availability of the surgeon. While some procedures may have shorter wait times, typically ranging from one – two months, others may have longer wait times, potentially up to 6 months or more.
Our team will work closely with you to find a suitable surgery date that aligns with your preferences and the surgeon’s availability.
Tips on How To Get the Most Out of Your Consultation
To make the most out of your consultation, follow these helpful tips:
Research your procedure
Take the time to educate yourself about the procedure you are considering. Understand the risks and potential outcomes so that you can have an informed discussion with your surgeon during the consultation.
Prepare a list of questions
Write down any questions or concerns you have before the consultation. This will ensure that all your queries are addressed and that you don’t forget to ask anything important.
Ensure a good internet connection
To have a smooth virtual consultation, make sure you have a stable and reliable internet connection. This will help prevent any interruptions or delays during the appointment.
Use a static camera or stable device
If you’re using a mobile device, consider mounting or propping it up to ensure stability during the consultation. This will allow your surgeon to see you clearly and provide accurate assessments. Alternatively, using a computer with a built-in camera can also provide a stable and full-view image.
By following these tips, you can optimize your consultation experience and have a productive discussion with your surgeon.
Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.
Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.
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