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Will my obstetrician be there for my delivery?2021-11-29T12:03:35+10:00

Yes, as long as they are available. Out of hours our obstetric service is covered by one of our two obstetricians, Dr Benjamin Stokes and Dr Robert North. During your pregnancy you will get the chance to meet and be familiar with both of our doctors.

Will I see the same obstetrician for all my appointments?2021-11-29T12:02:03+10:00

Yes, you will be able to choose your obstetrician and they will be the doctor that sees you for your entire pregnancy. As our team covers each other out-of-hours, during your antenatal care you will get to meet and know all of our obstetricians.

Who do I contact if I need help or advice outside of my appointments?2021-11-29T12:03:04+10:00

You will be provided with a contact number that is available 24/7 for phone advice. In the setting of an emergency it is advised you present immediately to the Buderim Private Hospital maternity unit and if able, also contact our emergency number.

Where will I be delivered?2021-11-29T12:04:13+10:00

Coastal O&G delivers out of the Buderim Private Hospital which is located just 10 minutes from our clinic in Cotton Tree. All of their rooms feature double beds and private ensuites. The hospital has a special care nursery that looks after babies from 32 weeks of gestation. For more information see their website.

Where is Coastal O&G located?2021-11-29T11:52:33+10:00

We are on Level 4, corner of Esplanade &, Second Ave, Maroochydore QLD 4558

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Where do Coastal O&G perform gynaecological surgeries?2021-11-29T12:12:21+10:00
  • Day surgeries and minor procedures are performed next door at the Sunshine Coast Day Surgery.
  • Surgeries requiring an overnight or multiple night stay are performed at the Buderim Private Hospital just 10 minutes from our clinic. For more information see their website.
What if I need an ultrasound as part of my assessment?2021-11-29T12:12:46+10:00

If indicated, we can perform a gynaecological ultrasound for you as part of your assessment. This saves you the back-and-forth hassle of having to get an ultrasound elsewhere. Gynaecology ultrasounds are often transvaginal scans as this provides the best images to assess your cervix, uterus and ovaries.

What are the benefits to hormonal replacement therapy (HRT)?2021-11-29T12:17:12+10:00

HRT is an option for women to treat the common symptoms of menopause (e.g. hot flushes, discomfort with intercourse, sleep disturbance and irritability). In menopause your ovaries stop producing oestrogen and these low oestrogen levels are what causes menopausal symptoms. By providing oestrogen replacement, HRT can relieve these symptoms and improve quality of life. But like all treatments there are risks and side effects to be aware of, as well as non-hormonal alternative options. Please discuss this more with your doctor at Coastal O&G.

Is there parking at Coastal O&G?2021-11-29T11:54:05+10:00

Yes, there is free parking on site and plenty of free street parking nearby

I think I have a prolapse, what should I do?2021-11-29T12:15:28+10:00

Prolapse can present with a variety of symptoms but often women complain of feeling a pressure or lump in the vagina. It may interfere with intercourse or their ability to urinate or defecate. It is important to realise that prolapse is common, especially after having children, and is best managed if detected in the early stages. Pelvic floor exercises and avoiding straining can improve mild symptoms whilst surgical repair may be needed in more severe cases.

I have had endometriosis treated, will it come back?2021-11-29T12:14:18+10:00

Sometimes yes, but not always. Endometriosis can be suspected clinically (based on symptoms) or diagnosed surgically (by observation and histology). Whilst medical (e.g. the combined pill, or Goserelin) and surgical treatments exist, endometriosis can grow back under the influence of oestrogen. Suppressive treatment (e.g. the pill and other progesterone medications) are effective and essential in reducing the recurrence of endometriosis. Repeat surgeries are not always beneficial and may be harmful in the setting of endometriosis.

How often should I have a cervical screening test (pap smear)?2021-11-29T12:15:48+10:00

In Australia, a CST is recommended every 5 years until the age of 70-74. This changed in the last few years after the introduction of human papillomavirus (HPV) testing. If you have an abnormal CST then you may require a colposcopy and/ or more frequent testing.

How much will care at Coastal O&G cost?2021-11-29T11:54:48+10:00

We always aim to be affordable. See Our Pricing for more information

Helpful Links – Obstetrics2021-11-29T12:18:52+10:00

Below are links to resources for various conditions affecting Women’s Health.

If you have any questions please ask your doctor at Coastal O&G.


Helpful Links – Gynaecology2021-11-29T12:18:02+10:00

Does it matter if I am currently menstruating at the time of my appointment?2021-11-29T12:13:52+10:00

No, whether or not you are menstruating does not affect any gynaecological assessment. Depending on your situation, certain ultrasound scans and blood tests may be performed at specific times in your cycle. But this will be guided by your doctor as Coastal O&G. If you would ever like to rebook an appointment, please just contact our team.

Do you have out of hours appointments?2021-11-29T12:00:42+10:00

We currently only offer appointments between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

But we want to make the best experience for you! So always enquire with our friendly staff and we will accommodate where able.

Do I need a referral to Coastal O&G?2021-11-29T11:48:00+10:00

Yes you will need a referral from your general practitioner (GP) to receive care at Coastal O&G. If you need assistance with this please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Can I have care at Coastal O&G if I don’t have private health cover?2021-11-29T11:55:55+10:00

Yes, but there may be significant costs to cover. Talk with our team for more information.

Alternatively, you may choose to have shared care with Coastal O&G. This means you have some or most of your antenatal care with our team. But choose to deliver at a public hospital. Having shared care with Coastal O&G does not affect your choice of public hospital which is based on your residential address. For more information on shared care and costs, contact our team

At what age am I likely to become menopausal?2021-11-29T12:16:44+10:00

In Australia the average age of menopause is around 50-51. But this varies greatly and you are most likely to undergo menopause at a similar age to your family members (e.g. mother or sister).

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