Frequently Asked Questions
We are located adjacent to the parklands on the East corner of Hutt Street and Bartels Road / Pirie St. There is ample ticket parking on Hutt Street & Bartels Road and free 1-hour parking on the west side of Hutt St.
We are located in the heart of Stirling adjacent to the Stirling Hotel on Johnston St. Free parking is available in the Johnston Street car park and on Johnston Street.
We are located diagonally opposite the bus interchange car park and there is free 2-hour parking on the surrounding streets.
We are located opposite the Goolwa Medical Centre and there is free parking along Cadell St and the surrounding streets.
At your first visit, please remember to bring:
- Medicare Card
- Private Health fund card (if applicable)
- Concession or Pension card (if applicable)
- Copies of relevant medical records, tests, letters from your other doctors (if applicable).
You may also arrange to have these sent to the practice prior to your visit, which is preferred.
- A complete list of all medications, including dosages and how often you take them; or photos of medications.
Dr Cuong Nguyen requests that his patients bring the actual medications to their appointments.
On your first cardiology consultation at Nightingale, you will be asked to complete a brief patient information questionnaire, providing basic information that we will safely store in your electronic medical record.
You will then have an Electrocardiogram (ECG) which will take 5 minutes or less, but provides valuable information to your cardiologist or nurse practitioner. If your referring doctor has requested for you to have another test, such as an Ultrasound (Echo), you will have this test before seeing your cardiologist, who will provide you with the results of your ECG and Echo during your consultation. Your initial visit will take up to one hour, including your pre-consult ECG.
Your cardiologist may recommend further testing / procedures. See here for a list of common tests and procedures requested by Cardiologists at Nightingale.
Depending on your personal threshold with Medicare, your rebate will vary. We can provide you with a typical Medicare rebate amount for each type of visit or test, but we cannot guarantee exactly what Medicare rebate, if any, will be given*. On the day of your visit, Nightingale will submit your claim to Medicare on your behalf, and you should receive a rebate directly into the bank account you have on file with Medicare, within one to two business days.
*Medicare has specific rules regarding how often each test can be performed in a particular time period. If you and/or your doctor require a test to be performed more often than is allowed by Medicare, you may not be eligible for a rebate. Please contact Medicare on 13 20 11 for additional billing enquires.
Your cardiologist may order investigations or tests in order to confirm diagnoses or help manage your cardiac condition. These tests will depend on your personal medical situation. Some tests are used to define cardiovascular risks and will help guide treatment.
See here for a list of common tests and procedures requested by Cardiologists at Nightingale.
Some tests can be done on the same day, if scheduling permits, however, to maximise your Medicare rebate, we recommend having multiple required tests performed on different days. In some cases, Medicare does not provide rebates if certain tests are performed on the same day - we will advise you in these instances.
If you live in remote areas, it may be worth considering having multiple tests done on the same day, despite your reduction in Medicare rebates, to avoid unnecessary travel.
Should you require additional scripts outside your arranged appointment times, we encourage all patients to make an appointment with their GP. However, if you are unable to book an appointment with your GP and this is going to cause an interruption to your medication, Nightingale Cardiology are able to offer this service to you via our Nurse Practitioner and on-site Medical Practitioner.
All script requests incur a fee of $25.00 (per script), and are payable at the time of request. Accounts will not be available for this service. Please note, due to the availability of the Nurse Practitioner, and the Medical Practitioner, scripts may take up to 48 hours to be completed.
Please note, we are not able to provide this service if the medication requires approval from the Medical Authorities.
Please be aware that these charges also apply to requests for prescriptions to be faxed to a pharmacy, or e-prescription services.