What you should bring to your first appointment:
To ensure your journey is as smooth as possible, it’s important that you are prepared for your first consultation with us.
Please review our appointment document checklist.
For Regional & Interstate Patients
When travelling for your treatment you must feel adequately prepared to streamline your healthcare journey.
Sydney Urology can provide telehealth consultations to support those patients living regionally, interstate or overseas. This service provides these patients with the opportunity to have an online consultation with James for an initial assessment if they are unable to attend one of our clinics in person.
This service can also support these patient’s post-surgery in their recovery phase when they return home as follow-up consultations can be undertaken online.
We know that travelling away from home, especially from interstate or a regional area, requires additional planning and preparation for not only yourself but your loved ones. We want to ensure your journey is as smooth as possible, so it’s important that you are prepared for your first consultation with us.
Please review our appointment document checklist below.
- Referral letter from your GP or other specialist
- Medicare card, DVA card, Pension Card
- Private Hospital Insurance Information
- A list of your medications and allergies
- Copies of all relevant test results (X-Rays, MRIs, Ultrasounds, CT Scans, Pet Scans and Blood tests)
The following tools can assist Dr Symons when providing medical advice, and to track your progress during treatment.
Also known as a time & volume chart, a bladder diary is one the best tools for objectively assesing your urinary function as you go about your normal day-today life, in the comfort of your own home. To measure urine patients routinely use a standard kitchen measuring container, which can then be safely washed after use.
The IPSS questionnaire allows your urologist to better understand the severity of your “waterworks” symptoms. It is used for men who are having problems that are likely to be related to an enlarged prostate. It is a validated patient-reported outcomes measurement that is widely used around the world.
The 15-question International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) Questionnaire is a validated, multi- dimensional, self-administered investigation that has been found useful in the clinical assessment of erectile dysfunction and treatment outcomes in clinical trials. A score is awarded to each of the 15 questions that examine the 4 main domains of male sexual function: erectile function, orgasmic function, sexual desire and intercourse satisfaction.
IIEF-5 / SHIM
A shorter 5-question version, the Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM, also known as the IIEF-5), is designed for easy use by patients, and can be used to diagnose the presence and severity of erectile dysfunction in day-to-day settings.
To be completed by patients who have a suprapubic catheter in place (before its removal).