How to make an appointment
Making an appointment at a GP is easy.
Start by knowing what it is you want to discuss with the doctor. You won’t be required to state this at the time off calling, however certain issues will require longer appointments.
If your visit is concerning:
- Mental Health
- Sexual Health
- Multipul concerns
- Complex concerns
Then it is a good idea to ask for a longer appointment when booking.
Once you know how long you need, call the GP’s clinic.
Let the receptionist know that you would like to book an appointment, and what days/times you are available. If you don’t have a specific time you would like to go it’s fine to say “any time after school” or “any time on Monday.”
If there is a particular doctor you would like to see, or if you would like to see a female/male doctor let the receptionist know.
Once you have sorted out an appointment time and know which doctor you are seeing the receptionist will probably ask you for your name and date of birth. Some doctors will also require your medicare number, so it is good to have this handy!
Now you should be all set! Show up to the appointment a few minutes early if it is your first time at this practice as they may require you to fill out some basic forms.
My privacy rights
ANYTHING you say during a doctors appointment is CONFIDENTIAL!
This means that, with the exception of a few circumstances, nothing you say in a doctors appointment will be repeated to your parents, friends, school, or anyone else.
Doctors can disclose your information if:
- You have signed a consent form or given them express verbal consent to do so.
- It may be in the public interest. This applies to contagious diseases (such as measles) that may require people who have been around you to be tested. Your name will not be realised, only the diagnosis and a list f public areas you have been in recently.
- Another law requires the release of this information. In most cases, this will require a court order.
With these privacy rights come responsibilities.
It is your responsibility to:
- Let your doctor know your medical history, including medications taken.
- Tell your doctor if you are being treated by another practitioner.
- Answer all questions regarding your health and lifestyle honestly.
The use of alcohol, ciggarettes, coffee, and drugs may affect how your doctor chooses to treat you. Several symptoms may be associated with these habits and eliminating them may help your doctor diagnose you. There are also a variety of treatment options that are not suitable for individuals who use certain substances, if your doctor is not aware that you consume it they may unintentionally put you at risk. It is important to be honest when answering ALL questions. Each of your answers will remain confidential and you will not get in trouble for any of them.
GPs near me
Tanunda Medical Centre
(08) 8563 2777
13 Mill Street, Tanunda, SA, 5352
Nuriootpa Medical Centre
(08) 8562 2444
6 Memorial Avenue, Nuriootpa, SA, 5355
Angaston Medical Clinic
(08) 8564 2266
46 Murray Street, Angaston SA 5353
South Terrace Medical Practice
(08) 8566 2104
14 South Terrace, Kapunda, SA 5373
Kupunda Medical Practice
0885 662 900
32 Hill Street, Kapunda SA 5373
1800 022 222
a 24-hour telephone health advice line staffed by nurses to provide expert health advice and information
Heritage Medical Centre
(08) 8380 9145
Lot 103, Old Port Wakefield Road, Virginia, SA 5120
Two Wells Medical Clinic
(08) 8520 2411
32 Old Mallala Road, Two Wells, SA 5501
Wakefield Plains Medical Clinic
10 War Memorial Drive, Balaklava, SA 5461
Clare Medical Centre
(08) 8865 2222
70 Railway Terrace East, Snowtown, SA 5520