Please note this information applies to patients going through the private system for their surgery
A consultation with Dr Niall Jefferson is required to obtain a quote for your surgery. There are many factors that contribute to the final outcome of your quotation, and as such, we are unable to provide this over the phone.
Your quote will be detailed and provide all the financial information that you require for your surgery.
The fees charged by Dr Niall Jefferson for surgical procedures are based on those recommended by the Australian Medical Association (AMA). The majority of health funds do not reimburse the full amount of this fee. The difference between your health fund’s reimbursement and the AMA rate is your out-of-pocket expense.
The out-of-pocket fee is not claimable from your Health Fund or Medicare. It is payable in advance of your surgery, no less than 14 days prior to your hospital admission. Without payment in advance your surgery booking will be cancelled.
There will be a separate fee applicable for both the hospital and the anaesthetist. You will need to contact them directly and provide them with the item numbers listed on your quote.
It is critical that you speak with your health fund to ensure that you are covered for the procedure that you have been booked in for. If you are not covered for any reason, you will be responsible for the full costs of surgery (Dr Jefferson, the anaesthetist and the hospital).
Preparing for surgery
Time off work
You will require an amount of time off work, school, and possibly driving following your surgery. The amount of time required differs depending on the nature of your procedure, and will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation. Our team can provide you with a medical certificate if required.
Do not drive on any day that you are taking strong pain medication.
Prior to your surgery, you will most likely be required to stop any medications that cause bleeding. Please ensure that you inform Dr Jefferson of any relevant medications, as without the correct steps being taken, your surgery will have to be rescheduled.
Most procedures will require you to fast beforehand. You will receive a phone call from the hospital the day before your operation to advise you of any fasting required, as well as the time of your operation.
What to bring to hospital
- All scans relating to your procedure
- A list of your current medications
- A small bag of items in case you are required to stay overnight
- Something to keep you entertained (a book, ipad etc)
Recovery periods depend on the type of operation you are having and differ between each individual.
For most operations, a post operative appointment will be scheduled with Dr Jefferson in the rooms. If a post operative appointment is not required, you will receive a follow up phone call from Dr Jefferson.
If at any stage you are concerned about any part of your recovery, please contact the rooms immediately. If it is outside of business hours, please present to the Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.
Use the links below for more specific post operative instructions:
Cancellation of surgery
If you have to cancel or postpone your surgery for any reason, we require a minimum of one week notice. Without one week notice being given, a non-claimable cancellation fee of $200 will be charged.
Dr Jefferson uses Newcastle Anaesthesia and Perioperative Services as the anaesthetists for our operating lists. All private operations are performed at either Hunter Valley Private Hospital or Newcastle Private Hospital. You will be informed which hospital your operation be performed in at the time of booking.
Newcastle Anaesthesia and Perioperative Services
Phone: 02 4935 3900
For information on our anaesthetists please click here
Hunter Valley Private Hospital
Phone: 02 4944 3777
Newcastle Private Hospital
Phone: 02 4941 8400
Ear Nose Throat Newcastle
Phone: 4955 8044
Dr Johnson Huang, Alok Mohorikar and Georgina King operate at either Hunter Valley Private, Lingard Private, or Maitland Private Hospitals, and use a variety of anaesthetists. You will be advised of which hospital and anaesthetist apply to your surgery at the time of booking.
Phone: 02 4001 0225
Newcastle Group of Anaesthetic Specialists
Phone: 02 4044 4740
Lingard Private Hospital
Phone: 02 4963 2649
Maitland Private Hospital
Phone: 02 4933 8400