During your first appointment you will have ample time to discuss your problems and concerns with Dr. Love, who will ask you questions about your condition, look at any scans or pathology tests you may have already have had performed, and may perform a physical examination.
Dr. Love often has an International Fellow, or trainee, who is a fully-qualified overseas urology surgeon, who has come to Australia to do advanced training with Dr. Love. The Fellow may well be involved in some of your assessment, in conjunction with Dr. Love, and may assist with your surgery.
Your visit may also involve extra consultation time, tests or minor procedures with one of our clinical nurse specialists, who help Dr. Love in assessments and treatments.
The extra time with the nurse and Fellow often gives patients more opportunity to ask questions and have things even more completely explained.
You may be sent for further tests and be asked to return for follow-up. Based on the results of your test(s) a diagnosis will be made and the appropriate treatment will be explained and offered to you.
When you come for your first visit, please remember to obtain and bring the following:
- Medical Insurance information
- Referral Letter (required for the initial visit)
- Copies of results, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans etc. and any other relevant information
- List of medications (if any)
We also encourage patients to download and print out the patient registration form (found under the "Patient Forms" section of the website), fill it out and bring it with them to the first visit, and if you know the condition you are attending for please download and fill out the appropriate questionnaires (also found under the "Patient Forms" section of the website) and bring them with you as well.
Otherwise arrive early for your appointment time to fill out those 'forms at the office before you see Dr. Love.
All patients coming for a visit about urinary problems should try and arrive with a comfortably full bladder, and not go to the toilet to empty their bladder without checking whether a urine test will be required as part of the consultation.