Welcome to AHA
Thank you for being part of our community.
With 30,000 patients, we are proud to play an important role in serving the Seaford community. And we aim to make it as easy as possible for new patients to join us.
Here’s an overview of key information, and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.
Consultations normally last 10-15 minutes however, if you need more time, please discuss this with the receptionist when making your appointment. All medicals, first antenatal visits and minor surgical procedures require special bookings.
Appointments are to be cancelled a minimum of 2 hours prior to the allocated appointment time. Failure to do this will attract a fee.
Provision is made for urgent appointments. If you need urgent assistance please let the receptionist know.
In the case of sudden chest pain or major trauma, dial 000 to request an ambulance.
Because our clinics are fully booked every day, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate walk-in appointments. To make a booking please click here.
If your doctor requires you to see a specialist, it is often more convenient for you to make your own appointment direct with the specialist’s rooms. However, if you are unable to arrange this, the receptionist will be happy to assist you.
Please enquire about any necessary referrals to a specialist when consulting with your doctor.
Important information before your appointment
Before you attend AHA Clinics, please read this important information.
AHA Seaford Road and Seaford Meadows clinics are mixed billing medical practices and no longer bulk bill all patients.
We had to introduce this change from January 2020 because of years of Government freezes to the Medicare rebate and a 30% cut to the bulk billing incentive rebate (from 1 January 2020).
So what does it mean for you?
- If you are 15 and under, or a concession cardholder you will continue to be bulk billed on weekdays between 8am and 6pm;
- For all other patients there will be a co-payment of $20 per consultation;
- For consultations after 6pm Monday to Friday, there will be a co-payment of $25;
- For consultations 8am up to 9pm Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays there will be a co-payment of $25;
- You will need to pay the full fee (Medicare and co-payment) at the time of your consultation. The Medicare rebate will be reimbursed into your bank account;
- Consultations for care plans, health assessments, mental health care plans and test results will continue to be bulk billed for all patients.
Note: A small charge may apply for minor surgical procedures. Fees & Charges may change.
Work Cover & Third Party Consults
Work Cover and Third Party Consults and procedures are to be settled in full on the day of your appointment.
If you require any clarification, please ask one of our friendly staff.
As of September 2019, the Australia Health Alliance Clinics will be introducing a fee for wound care.
The costs related to dressings and equipment are NOT covered by Medicare and we can no longer afford to cover the total costs. We are therefore introducing a payment for all wound care appointments of $10.
It is asked that patients pay the full amount on the day treatment is received by your doctor.
Fees will be discussed at the time of consult.
AHA will continue to bulk bill patients for standard consultations.Click on one of the below to view the document:
If you want to come prepared you can download the registration form, fill it out and bring it along to your first appointment.
Preparing for your test
Generally no appointment is necessary but you will need a referral from the doctor. Clinpath accept ANY pathology form.
Some special tests such as glucose tolerance test or urea breath test require extra time and MUST be booked in prior to you attending.
ECGs are performed at AHA Seaford Meadows Day and Night Clinic by appointment and the tracing can either be delivered direct to the doctor or it can be returned with a full cardiologist report.
Please note: ECGs and Holter Monitors are reimbursed under Medicare (bulk-billed). Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors are not yet reimbursed under Medicare (there is no charge for DVA Gold Card holders) upfront payment is required at time of booking.
Please speak to our receptionist if you are having one of these tests.
You will need to book to have the monitor fitted and, as you cannot get the device wet so you should attend after bathing. A top with loose sleeves will best accommodate the cuff and a firm waistband will help support the monitor.
You should continue with your normal daily activities, preferably including a work day rather than a rest day.
You should take all your usual medications.
You will be required to complete a diary of your activities to support this test.
You are to fast for a minimum 4-6 hours prior to the test. This includes both food and water.
This test takes approximately 20 minutes.
However, any prescription medication other than those listed below can be taken with a sip of water. The following medications should NOT be taken prior to the test:
|Exclusion Period||Type of Medication||Generic Names||Trade Names|
|Four Weeks||Antibiotics||All Antibiotics except Vancomycin & Sulphonamides||Bactrim, Septrin, etc.|
|Four Weeks||Ingredient in antacids, antidiarrheal & GI medication||Bismuth||Denol, Helldac|
|14 Days||Cytoprotectives||Sucralfate||Carafate, Ulcyte, SCF|
|7 Days||Proton Pump Inhibitors||Lanozaprole, Rabeprazole, Esomeprazole, Pantoprazole||Zoton, Pariet, losec, Losec IV, Maxor, Mexium, Somac|
|During fasting & during test||Antacids||ALU-tab, Andews TUMS, Antassa, De Wits antacid powder, DAxal, ENO, Gastrogel, Gelusil, Medefoam2, Meracote, Mucaine, Mylanta, Rennie, Salvital, Sigma liquid antacid, Titralec|
|During fasting & during test||H2 Antagonists||Cimetidine, Ranitidine, Famotidine, Nizatidine||Cinetimax, Cimehaxal, SBPA-Ranitidine, Magical, Sigmetadine, Tagamet, WL-Cimetidine, Ranitdine BC Genrx Ranitidine, Rani 2, Hexal Ranitic, SBPA-Ranitidine, Ranihexal, Zantac, Ausran, Ranoxyl Amfamox, Pepcid, Pepcidine Tazac|
You will need to wear a loose fitting shirt or top as the technician will need access to the chest area.
Bathe or shower on the morning of the test as in some instances you will not be able to do so for at least the next 24 hours.
No other preparation is required.
The Harmony Prenatal Test can be done as early as 10 weeks into the pregnancy.
Please ensure you have a Harmony request form when attending this test.
This test must be booked online via the Harmony portal and there is a fee associated with this test. Please go to the Clinpath website for further information at www.clinpath.com.au