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Making appointments

Patient Choice Booking explained

Patient choice booking (PCB) is the way we book your appointment because it allows you to select an appointment more suitable to you.

We make initial appointments only four weeks in advance so that changes are less likely and forgotten appointments are minimised.

Patients requiring a review appointment or follow up after an inpatient episode may book an appointment seven weeks in advance.

How to make appointments

How to make an initial appointment

First we need to receive a referral from your doctor. There is mandatory information required from your GP as outlined under referral information for GPs. When we receive your referral, we check it for this mandatory information and if anything is missing we contact your GP for further information. If we don't hear anything back after 30 days then we decline the referral.  If a referral is declined, we will send a letter to you and your referring doctor to notify you of this outcome.

If the referral is complete, it is registered and checked for suitability to one of our clinics. Then it is prioritised:

  • If 'urgent', we will contact you and arrange an appointment
  • If 'routine', we will send a letter to you and your referring doctor confirming that you have been placed on our wait list. When an appointment becomes available, we send you a letter asking you to contact us to arrange an appointment

How to make a review appointment

If you require a review within the upcoming seven weeks, you will be able to book this with the clinic receptionist before you leave or via the ward clerk if you are an inpatient.

If your review date is further away than this, you will be placed on our wait list. When an appointment becomes available, we send you a letter asking you to contact us to arrange an appointment. You can phone us or email clinics@austin.org.au or complete the Appointment Request, Change and Cancel Form.

If you have not yet received a letter advising that an appointment is available, you must wait for that appointment letter.  We cannot make an appointment until an appointment becomes available for you.

How to change or cancel an appointment

 Let us know if you can't show

 Changing or cancelling your appointment may cause a delay in your treatment.

If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you fail to contact us, you may prevent another patient from being offered an appointment.

If you miss multiple appointments without contacting us, you will be discharged from our service and a letter will be sent to you and your GP notifying you of this.

To change or cancel an appointment, you can phine us or email Specialist Clnics at clinics@austin.org.au or complete the Appointment Request, Change and Cancel Form.

Additional needs

Booking diagnostics and tests

Patients are often required to undertake tests or procedures such as blood tests or X-ray prior to their Specialist Clinic appointment. If you require assistance with the coordination of these with your clinic appointment/s, please contact us

Requesting an interpreter

If you require an interpreter for your Specialist Clinics appointment, please let us know so that we can arrange this for you. Please visit Austin Health’s Cultural Diversity Unit page