Frequently Asked Questions

We've put together some of the questions we frequently receive about our procedures and our patients' symptoms. If your question is not here you may find the Useful Links helpful. 

Do I need a referral to see Dr Simpson?

Yes you will need a referral from your GP. This allows claiming through Medicare and Health fund (when applicable). A GP referral will last for 12 months. A specialist referral only lasts for 3 months.

What should I expect in my first visit?

The first visit is an extended consultation where a full history is taken. We try and see new pregnancies between 6-9 weeks depending on circumstances. At this visit an ultrasound is performed to document and date the pregnancy. Issues relating to the pregnancy are discussed. If possible it is desirable for your partner to attend this visit allowing Dr Simpson to get to know both of you as well as answer any pertinent questions.

What are the Standard Fees?

Costing will be provided on contact with Dr Simpson's secretarial staff. The management fee is payable per pregnancy, beyond this all visits are bulk billed. There is consideration made for members of the nursing profession. Dr Simpson’s office number: 02 9540 4676.

How often are Antenatal visits?

Subsequent visits, once the pregnancy is established, antenatal patients are seen approximately monthly till 28 weeks, then fortnightly until 36 weeks then weekly thereafter till delivery. Dr Simpson will deliver your baby and see you daily until you go home. Antenatal sessions are typically Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

What about Ultrasounds?

Dr Simpson uses his ultrasound machine to monitor the pregnancy. However, specialists ultrasound referrals are employed for antenatal diagnostic tests at 12 weeks and for a full morphological study at 19-20 weeks. Occasionally, other scans are performed for various reasons.

Can I exercise during pregnancy?

Dr Simpson feels that it is a very sensible and healthy concept to continue exercise into pregnancy at a level at which you are accustomed to performing. No new goals should be set, but a steady, rhythmical level of exercise consistent with what you are conditioned to. As the pregnancy progresses the level of the excercise falls accordingly and you should listen to your body's needs. 

What about Blood Tests?

A series of routine tests are performed at the beginning of the pregnancy. These are organized by your GP or Dr Simpson. A repeat blood count, antibody screen and diabetic screen are performed at 28 weeks. Other blood tests are ordered as necessary.

Do I need a Flu injection or Whooping cough vaccination when I am pregnant?

Influenza injection and Whooping cough vaccination in the third trimester, are both recommended for pregnant women in Sydney.

What is a Gynaecological Check?

A Gynaecology check is an examination of blood pressure, thyroid, lymph nodes, abdomen, pelvis and a pap smear to exclude any problems. If you are over 35, a breast exam is also recommended. An ultrasound is performed to assess the ovaries and other pelvic organs.

I’ve been told by my GP that I have an abnormal pap smear, what should I do?

A pap smear is a simple screening test which looks for abnormalities. Once discovered the cervix needs closer assessment and we do this by performing a colposcopy.

What is a Colposcopy?

A Colposcopy is a close examination of the cervix using a bright light source and magnification to ascertain abnormalities of the cervix. If found a tiny biopsy may be taken. This is performed in the rooms.

When is the Postnatal Visit?

The postnatal visit at six weeks is usually a good time to follow up on any problems, discuss any issues pertaining to the delivery, perform a pap smear if indicated and plan any contraceptive needs.

Where does Dr Simpson deliver?

Dr Simpson delivers at Kareena Private Hospital in the Sutherland Shire.

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