Our Practice

We aim to provide all patients with the highest level care and a personable service.

Our Administration Staff:

Kim is our friendly receptionist who answers the telephone and greets you on arrival.  She is pleased to make appointments for you, deal with billing enquiries, etc.


Merryl is our practice manager.  She is happy to discuss any concerns you might have about the functioning of the Practice.

Appointments:

At your first appointment with Dr Orford you will require:

  • A current referral from your General Practitioner
  • Your Medicare card and Private Health Fund information (if applicable)
  • Copies of any relevant pathology results and ultrasound reports
  • A copy of our Health Questionnaire - click HERE to download a copy.  Please complete this form to the best of your ability, if you have any questions please call and ask the reception staff.
If you require an urgent appointment please ask your General Practitioner to telephone the practice directly.

Due to the nature of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, emergencies often arise. Where possible you will be advised of any delays. However, this is not always possible and we apologise for any unplanned delays. To facilitate good communication ensure your details are up to date with your current home and mobile telephone numbers.

Fee's:

We do not provide a bulk billing service, therefore, our patients are charged a fee for each consultation, some of which may be rebatable through Medicare. However, Dr Orford’s fees are well below the Australian Medical Association’s recommendations. 


For births and surgical procedures, Dr Orford participates in the ‘No-gap’ scheme offered by most private health insurance providers. If your fund is one which we have agreed to partner with, the Practice will invoice your health fund directly. However, because of the complicated nature of medical billing, please check your level of cover with your health insurer prior to any procedure.

NB - if you are provided with a service by an Anaesthetist, Pathologist, etc, whilst you are a private patient in hospital, you may be billed independently by them for this service. Our reception staff will discuss this with you.

The Pregnancy Management Fee is a fee charged by all Obstetricians for the management of pregnancy progressing past 20 weeks. It reimburses the Obstetrician the cost of being on call 24 hours a day, answering telephone queries from or about you, to cover medical indemnity insurance and to co-ordinate your care. A portion of the fee may be reimbursed by Medicare.

Because of the complex nature of medical billing, please contact the practice directly for an estimate of potential fees involved with your treatment or surgery.

Payment is required at the time of your appointments. We accept Cash, Visa, Mastercard, eftpos, personal and bank cheques.  We have Medicare online claiming as a service for all patients.  If you have not registered your details with Medicare you can bring in your bank account details on the day and we will process this for you.

Parking:

There is free parking under the Nucleus Medical Suites, with additional spaces along the entrance road to the Hospital.


Parking can often be difficult at the Hospital.  Therefore, additional, free, parking is available at the nearby Maroochydore Cricket Ground car park, located 600m from the hospital, off Syd Lingard Drive.  You can park here and catch the free courtesy bus to the hospital and back to the car park.  This service runs every 5 to 10 minutes - Monday to Friday from 5.45am to 5.45pm.

On Call Arrangements:

Dr Orford is usually on call 24 hours a day from Monday morning until Friday night for all his own patients, and is contactable and available throughout this period.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a complex, demanding specialty with a large amount of our work being done after hours at unpredictable times, therefore, it is not possible to work effectively or safely being on call continually. So, to offer our patients quality, 24 hours a day, care, Dr Orford shares on call work with five other Obstetrician/Gynaecologists based in Buderim.

These Doctors are: Dr George Bogiatzis, Dr Nerida Flannery, Dr Kylie Isaacs, Dr Kelvin Larwood and Dr Kirsten Morrow. They have a formalised weekend roster system so that one doctor is rostered on each weekend to cover all patients. Any periods of fatigue leave, holiday leave, sick leave, family leave and conference leave are also covered by these doctors.