Preparing for your consultation
Dr Silverman consults with patients in both the public and private systems across the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Northern Rivers regions.
Appointments are available face-to-face and online via video call for those with restricted access to a practice.
Please read through the following information carefully to fully prepare for your visit.
Your appointment will take place at one of the following healthcare facilities.
Core Specialist Group Suite
Suite 5G, Level 5
John Flynn Private Hospital
42 Inland Drive
Tugun, Queensland 4224
St Vincent's Private Hospital Medical Suites
20 Dalley Street
East Lismore, New South Wales 2480
Your initial consultation is your opportunity to meet Dr Silverman and for her to gain a thorough understanding of your existing situation.
Dr Silverman will assess your condition and healthcare options, and will devise the most suitable treatment program to provide the best possible outcomes for your bariatric or general surgery.
Regardless of how much you've researched, there's likely to be a lot of new and potentially complex information which may make the process seem overwhelming.
We recommend that you make notes during your appointment, so you can digest the information in your own time and fully understand your treatment plan and what to expect.
Spend some time before your consultation to consider everything you'd like to ask Dr Silverman. We encourage you to bring a list of questions with you, so you don't forget anything once you arrive.
Dr Silverman is a caring surgeon who delivers healthcare with compassion and professionalism. She will put you at ease pre, during and post-treatment, but if you're more comfortable to bring a loved one with you to your appointment, please feel free to do so.
At your appointment
Dr Silverman runs a tight schedule across multiple locations on the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales.
Please aim to arrive at your appointment at least ten minutes ahead of schedule to allow for any delays.
You may have paperwork to fill in before you meet Dr Silverman so please come well prepared.
Dr Silverman may undertake a physical examination which won't require any preparation on your part.
Cancelling your appointment
In the unlikely event you need to cancel or rearrange your appointment, please give as much notice as possible to allow Dr Silverman to re-schedule and accommodate other patients.
We understand that things come up, but without adequate notice, you may be liable to pay the full cost of your appointment.
What to bring to your appointment
Please make sure you bring all relevant documents to your first appointment.
You may need to contact your GP to retrieve copies of any medical records and test results such as x-rays, MRIs, scans and your previous surgery history.
Please also bring your referral letter from your GP. This may have already been sent electronically, however, Dr Silverman may require a hard copy to keep with your records.
Please bring your Medicare card or Veteran Affairs card and, if applicable, your private healthcare information.
If you're having a consultation for bariatric surgery, you may be required to complete a patient health questionnaire further details will be given when you make an appointment.
You'll also need to bring details of any medication that you're currently taking or have taken recently.