Archive for Rob Buist Blog

New Patient Booking Procedure

New Patient Booking Procedure It’s a bit of a first world problem – and one I definitely do not take for granted – but we’re struggling to keep a lid on our numbers of births per month. In order to retain what I hope are high standards of pregnancy care it is necessary for me […]

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URGENT

Unfortunately I have had to be admitted to hospital myself today. Dr Natalie shaw will be very kindly covering births for me while I am unwell. A couple of very capable colleagues will be seeing patients for me when I am off duty. If you have any clinical concerns during office hours please ring the […]

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Nurse Surgical Assistant at Prince of Wales Private Hospital

As most of you know it is common practice in Australia to have a doctor assist the obstetrician at caesarean sections. Indeed this practice is generally viewed as compulsory (although in the UK and NZ I often found myself performing a Caesar assisted only by the scrub nurse) and there are times when another pair […]

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A New Test!

Many of you will be aware that there is a new blood test around for the diagnosis of Down Syndrome and other major chromosomal problems in unborn babies. It is called the Non Invasive Prenatal Test, or NIPT. I have written a new info sheet about this test (and prenatal diagnosis in general) and we […]

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Fees Increase – just kidding!

I usually increase my fees each year in order to reflect my increasing cost base. However I realise private obstetric services are expensive so this year we will absorb those costs and not alter my basic fee structure. We will however now have to charge for giving iron infusions and for performing fetal heart beat […]

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A Doctors Christmas

A Doctors Christmas On the twelve days of Christmas I’d like to be a better doctor. On the first day of Christmas I want to treat my patients with the utmost respect and spend as much time with them as they need On the second day of Christmas I want my patients in labour to […]

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Aqua Mamma is here!

For some time now I have been thinking about healthy hydration in pregnancy. I have watched as my patients have struggled to have their hydration needs met throughout pregnancy. In the first trimester a lot of my patients find water makes them more nauseated than usual so they struggle to keep their fluid intake up. […]

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Hydration for Pregnancy, Labour and Birth

I have been thinking about drinks and hydration in pregnancy lately. There don’t seem to be many healthy options out there for pregnant women so in my spare time (ha ha) I have been working on a healthy hydration drink for pregnant women. It is called Aqua Mamma and its coming very soon – watch […]

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Assistance

I’m well aware that having a baby in the private system is an expensive exercise, even with Medicare and Health Insurance. As I have explained previously neither organisation contributes a great deal to doctors’ fees in maternity (and given the prospective size of the Federal Budget Deficit I wouldn’t hold out any hope of an […]

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I know it’s only Rock and Roll…

I know it’s only Rock and Roll… But I really like it. Almost by mistake I discovered that my favourite superannuitants, The Rolling Stones, are embarking on a tour of North America. As the long rumoured tour dates in Australia have not been announced (and may not be announced) I’m off to see them in […]

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