Dr Buttsworth

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Dr Jeremy Buttsworth MBBS FANZCA Specialist Anaesthetist

Dr Buttsworth provides anaesthetic services for Plastic, opthalmological, general, urological, gastro-enterological , dental and orthopaedic surgery. He is registered as a specialist anaesthetist and participates in the college’s continuing professional development program (CPD).

General Information

The safety standard of anaesthesia is very high in Australia making your care safer and better. This is a result of a number of factors including rigorous training and examination as administered by the College (FANCA), improved drugs , techniques and equipment.

What can you do?

It is in your own interest to make sure that your health is as good as it can be at the time of surgery. Ideally lose weight if you are over weight, have regular check ups with your GP and keep fit!

Medication

Most regular medication should be taken right up until the day of surgery. It is quite alright to have your morning medication on the day of surgery with a sip of water.

  • Warfarin , Insulin , Iscover (Clopidrogel) – If you take any of these please contact the rooms on 9367 8311.
  • Oral Diabetic medication such as Metformin, Diabex, Glibenclamide – Please do not take these on the morning of surgery.
  • Aspirin – Your surgeon will advise you whether to stop this.

 

Fasting

For morning surgery please fast from midnight for both food and fluids. For afternoon surgery have a light breakfast before 7AM then fast for food and fluids. Water may be consumed up until 2 hours prior to surgery.

Fees

Dr Buttsworth charges fees in accordance with the guidelines set down by the ASA (Australian College of Anaesthetists). This is called the relative value guide (RVG). This takes into account many factors including pre-operative consultation, the type of surgery, time taken, special monitoring, local anaesthetic nerve blocks, patient health factors, age, emergency or elective surgery. For each procedure a certain number of units are generated and a fee determined. For many procedures it is possible to give an estimate, however the final fee may vary if the time taken or type of surgery or other factors change.

Rebates – Medicare, Health Funds and Gap Payments

Dr Buttsworth charges fees according to the RVG. In some cases there will be a gap which is your personal responsibility to pay. In other cases the Medicare rebate and health fund rebate will cover the fee. The fee charged is on a case by case basis. In many instances your health fund will be billed directly and the health fund will rebate to Dr Buttsworth both the Medicare portion and the private health fund rebate. In these cases if there is a gap owing you will be sent an account for this amount.

 

If you have any other queries please contact the rooms on (08) 9367 8311.